U.S. Business: Personalities: Jul. 3, 1964

IN high school at Glen Clove, L.I., Samuel Riley Pierce Jr. wanted to be a songwriter: "It's one of those things you grow out of when you grow into others." He soon put away his unpublished scores, grew into law and government. Last week Lawyer Pierce, at 41, became the first Negro elected to the board of a major U.S. manufacturing company—U.S. Industries Inc., producer of automation equipment, with 1963 sales of $96 million. He is a partner in the Manhattan law firm that handles U.S. Industries' labor matters. A star halfback and Phi...

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