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Dr. Robert M. Phillips was recently installed as the first Black President of the Baltimore City Dental Society. The National President of the American Dental Association delivered the installation. He lauded Dr. Phillips for his devotion to his profession and community. Mayor Donald Schaffer was on hand to present the citation.

At the recent meeting of the American College of Dentists in Anaheim, California, Dr. Phillips was awerded a Fellowship in the College.

The American College of Dentists was organized in 1920. It recognizes through fellowships those who have contributed to the advancement of the profession and humanity. Its programs include seminars and workshops and it conducts studies in associated areas of interest to dentistry and its service to the public. Fellowship to the College is by invitation only.

He also holds fellows from the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry Internationale.

MARCH OF DIMES National Poster Child Betsy Burch is welcome by Ambassador Carl McCall to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Mr. McCall, Ambassador for Special Political Affairs, greeted Betsy during her recent visit to New York City to urge support for prevention of birth defects. Betsy, 6, was born with multiple birth defects. Her home is in Stone Mountain, Ga.

William Todd of Jamaica, N.Y. has been promoted to state manager for Metro New York of Schenley Imports Co. He had been a Metro New York sales representative.

Mr. Todd has been with Schenley Imports since 1973. He previously worked in education and social research.

Mr. Todd was born in Lewiston, N.C. and graduated from Fayetteville (N.C.) State College. He is a member of the national fraternity Groove Phi Groove, and of the Bottle and Cork Club in New York City. He is married to the former Julia Bazemore of Lewiston. They have one son, William Jr.

JOHNNIE WALKER RED, TANQUERAY GIN AND SOMERSET WINES congratulated WBLS Radio on their victory over WNBC-TV at a recent fund raising basketball tournament, held at a local basketball court in Harlem, New York City. The game attended by over 300 people, was held to help raise funds for St. Thomas Community School. The St. Thomas Community School, which is parent controlled and operated, is a fully-accredited, non-sectarian school located in Central Harlem. Shown above, at a reception following the game, sponsored by Somerset Importers, Ltd., from the left, are: Kenneth Webb, disc jockey, WBLS Radio; Barbara Taylor, principal, St. Thomas Community School; Al Schexnayder, regional field manager, Somerset. The WNBC team has asked for a re-match, that will be held in the near future.


Finn M. W. Caspersen, Chairman of the Board, Beneficial Corporation, announced the appointment of James H. Gilliam Jr., Esq., 34, as the company's Vice President-Legal, effective November 1st.

Gilliam joins Beneficial after serving as Cabinet Secretary for Governor Pierre S. du Pont of Delaware in charge of the Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development with responsibility for nine operating divisions.

In his new position, Gilliam will serve as Vice President-Legal, Beneficial Corporation and as General Counsel of Peoples Bank and Trust Company with branches in Wilmington, Talleyville, Newark and Dover, and Peoples Credit Co. which is responsible for the marketing of VISA and Master Charge accounts for Peoples Bank.

On accepting Gilliam's resignation from his state post, Governor Pierre S. du Pont said, "Jim Gilliam has served the people of Delaware with distinction. As a principal architect of the state's economic development plan and as a trusted advisor on affirmative action, state management policies, and federal-state relations, Jim has been a valued member of my administration. Both the people of Delaware and I will miss his counsel, but we wish him well in his new endeavor."

Commenting on Gilliam's appointment, said, "The appointment of Jim Gilliam as Vice President-Legal for Beneficial Corporation brings to the company not only an outstanding individual, but also a broad background that encompasses both corporate requirements and a knowledge of governmental activities which is most important in today's world."

Gilliam had previously been associated with the law firms of Richards, Layton & Finger, Wilmington, Delaware from 1973 to 1977, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York, New York from 1970 to 1973.

Gilliam is a member of the Board of Directors of various organizations, including the Afro-American Newspapers; WHYY, the Wilmington-Philadelphia educational television station; and Goldey Beacom College.

He is admitted to practice in the states of Delaware and New York and is a member of the bar associations of both states, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the National Conference of Black Lawyers. He has previously served as Secretary of the Board of Bar Examiners of the State of Delaware and has also been a member of various bar association committees.

He earned his B.A. degree at Morgan State University and holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law.

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