William M. Roth
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|William M. Roth|
|U.S. Chamber of Commerce conference alongside US Secretary of Commerce Alexander B. Trowbridge; Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, and Under Secretary of Labor James J. Reynolds.|
|2nd Office of the United States Trade Representative|
January 3, 1967 – January 20, 1969
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||Christian A. Herter|
|Succeeded by||Carl J. Gilbert|
|Born||William Matson Roth
September 3, 1916
|Spouse(s)||Joan Osborn Roth|
In 1962, Roth and his mother, Luriline Matson Roth, and the daughter of the founder of the Matson Navigation Company, purchased Ghirardelli Square in fear that it would be torn down and replaced with condominiums. They hired a landscape architectural firm to convert the factory with its historic brick structure into a retail complex. It was considered to be the first major adaptive re-use project in the United States. Ghirardelli Square was later listed on the National Register of Historical Places to preserve for future generations.
In 1966, he was targeted along with Clark Kerr and Elinor Raas Heller by a fellow Regent, Edwin Pauley, for his alleged 'ultra-liberal' views. Ronald Reagan made the Free Speech Movement and Opposition to the Vietnam War on the Berkeley campus one of his major campaign issues.
Among other activities, Roth worked as special representative for trade on US-European trade talks (named the Kennedy Round negotiations). See photo of Roth at a 1967, U.S. Chamber of Commerce conference alongside US Secretary of Commerce Alexander B. Trowbridge; Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, and Under Secretary of Labor James J. Reynolds.
In 1974, Roth, a long-time contributor to the Democratic Party, ran for Governor of California in the Democratic Primary election. He placed fourth (receiving 10% of the vote) in a crowded field of candidates that included San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, Speaker of the Assembly Robert Moretti, Congressman Jerome Waldie, and the winner, Secretary of State Jerry Brown, who had the advantage of name recognition, his father Pat Brown having been Governor eight years before.
Roth had a summer home on Sonoma Mountain with substantial area, having purchased the holding around 1950; the Roth family gifted this property to the Nature Conservancy, who transformed it into a nature preserve, presently known as the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Now his daughter Maggie Roth, wife of artist David Best, (David has two children from a previous marriage) lives on the property. They have two children together. Today, William Matson Roth was 91 years old, and the lives in Ireland (for summer and spring) and New York (fall and winter). He lives with his wife Joan Osborn and has three children with her.
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- "Office of the United States Trade Representative - List of Past USTRS". Ustr.gov. Retrieved 2013-09-28.