PERSONNEL: British Tap

Two years ago, when capable James Dinsmore Tew decided, at 55, to retire as president of B. F. Goodrich Co., he said: "An executive of a big corporation burns up two years of his life every twelve months."

Last week his successor, husky, 61-year-old Samuel Brown Robertson, wound up his 20-year career with Goodrich by resigning. Unlike Jim Tew, Goodrich's sixth president (since 1870) did not sound off about signing off.

Named to succeed him was John Lyon Collyer, who at 45 still has years to burn. From Cornell (1917), Mr. Collyer went to work for Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., soon...

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