PERSONNEL: Variety Man

As a student at George Washington University, Frank Kiggins White switched from law to accounting because "an accountant who is lucky gets sent out on a variety of assignments and learns a lot." White got plenty of assignments. At 25, he was assistant to the president of the Union News Co.; at 30, treasurer of the Literary Guild; at 37, treasurer of Newsweek (then undergoing financial reorganization); at 38, treasurer of CBS.

He was a key man in settling the yearlong American Federation of Musicians' strike against the recordmakers; as boss of Columbia Records, Inc., he was in the midst...