Mondale Resigns as Panasonic Foundation Chair
Panasonic announced Monday that Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president of the United States, had resigned from his position as chairman of the Panasonic Foundation. He will be replaced as chairman of the foundation’s board by Dr. Robert M. Orr, the former president of Boeing, Japan. Panasonic did not give a reason for Mondale’s departure.
The foundation’s aim, according to its literature, is to improve American public education, and it was established in 1984 “as a gesture of thanks to the United States and as a way of contributing to American society.” Dr. Orr said in a company statement that “helping to advance the educational climate in our urban schools systems” is his primary goal as chairman.
Mondale, who is 79 years old, had held his position since November of 2004. In addition to serving as vice president in the administration of President Jimmy Carter from 1977 until 1981, Mondale was a senator from the state of Minnesota from 1964 through 1977, the Democratic nominee for the presidency in 1984, and United States ambassador to Japan from 1993 through 1996.