PERSONNEL: Changes of the Week, may 24, 1954

¶James M. Symes, 56, who started railroading as a train master's clerk, was elected president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Railroading has taken him to almost every town and branch line on the system: one year he spent 200 nights on sleepers. The son of a baggage master, Symes (rhymes with hymns) grew up near the tracks in his native Glen Osborne, Pa., got a job at 18 on the Pennsy. From clerk he was soon promoted to car tracer, to statistician in Cleveland, to freight movement director in Pittsburgh, to passenger superintendent in Chicago, to freight...

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