Business: Changes of the Week

¶ Robert C. Kirkwood, 53, executive vice president since 1955 of F. W. Woolworth Co., largest U.S. variety-store chain (2,121 stores in the U.S., Canada and Cuba), was named president, succeeding James T. Leftwich, 69, who remains as chairman. Bob Kirkwood had decided on a career in pharmacy after high school, was lured away from a drugstore in his home town of Provo, Utah, by the glowing picture of dime-store opportunity painted by a local Woolworth manager. He started as a window trimmer, became a store manager in Denver at 20, soon proved to have the proper mixture for success: administrative...

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