Nation: HEW's New Secretary

I THINK of myself as a career public servant," says Elliot Richardson, 49, the Harvard-trained Boston lawyer named last week to succeed Robert Finch as the boss of HEW. He knows the premises; he served as HEW Assistant Secretary in the Eisenhower Administration and turned down the HEW undcr-secretaryship under Nixon, explaining that "I had already been through all that." Instead, he has been the No. 2 man in the State Department, where he has displayed a talent for management that will be exercised to the full in picking up the pieces at diffuse and demoralized HEW.

He has some specific credentials...

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