National Affairs: SALT AT THE HELM

Appointed last week as Deputy Secretary of Defense: Navy Secretary Thomas Sovereign Gates Jr. His record:

Early Life: Born April 10, 1906 in Philadelphia's blue-blooded Germantown, son of a millionaire attorney-banker-industrialist who became president of the University of Pennsylvania (1930-44). Prepped at Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill Academy; majored in English at Penn ('28), played basketball, managed the football team, made Phi Beta Kappa.

Career: Joined Philadelphia's solid Drexel & Co. investment house, sold securities, rose to partner in 1940, became a civic wheelhorse in Philadelphia's Associated Hospital Service, Child Guidance Clinic, Boy Scouts,...

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