Until last week, it was not quite true that Montgomery Ward's autocratic Sewell Lee Avery could not get along with anybody. He apparently got along with William L. Ready, president of U.S. Gypsum Co., of which Avery is also board chairman. As eleven senior officers and directors walked out of Montgomery Ward's in a year (TIME, May 31, 1948 et seg.), Avery liked to point to Keady to show that he could "get along with associates who function in their jobs."

Snub-nosed, ruddy-cheeked Bill Keady had been practically raised by Avery. He joined...

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