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Four alumni of Lafayette College have been elected to the College's Board of Trustees. They are S. Robert Beane Jr. of Far Hills, N.J.; Susan B. Carras of New York City; Elisabeth B. Hughes of New York City; and William C. Rappolt of West Chester, Pa. Each was elected in April to a five-year term that began July 1, 1999.

Beane, a member of Lafayette's Class of 1958, is retired senior vice president and director of the insurance brokerage firm Johnson & Higgins. He retired after the company's acquisition by Marsh & McLennan in 1997. Affiliated with Johnson & Higgins since 1967, he held various positions with the company, including extended overseas assignments in Madrid and Milan, and finished his career as senior international director.

Beane holds a bachelor of science degree in economics and business from Lafayette. He is vice chair of the Lafayette Leadership Council. He and his son, Silas R. Beane III, a member of Lafayette's Class of 1988, were recently inducted into the College's Société d'Honneur, whose members include Lafayette's most distinguished benefactors. He and his wife, Rosa, are members of the College's Marquis Society.

Carras, a 1976 Lafayette graduate, served a two-year term as alumni trustee from 1996-98. She is managing director of the real-estate investment banking firm Sonnenblick-Goldman Co. of New York City. She has been with Sonnenblick-Goldman since 1984. She is responsible for the firm's relationship with Cassidy & Pinkard in Washington, D.C., where she has been the recipient of the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors top sales and financing awards. She is a member of the leadership group of the Urban Land Institute.

Carras graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history, magna cum laude, from Lafayette and did graduate work at Fordham University and Pace University.

Hughes, a 1981 Lafayette graduate, is a managing director in global investment banking at Chase Securities Inc. She has served with the Chase Manhattan Corporation and its predecessor organizations in a variety of capacities since 1983. Involved in various diversity activities at Chase, Hughes was recognized in 1998 for her service by the Academy of Women Achievers of the YWCA of the City of New York.

In addition to a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business from Lafayette, Hughes holds a master's degree in management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Rappolt, a 1967 Lafayette graduate, is special assistant to the president of M&T Bank Corp., formerly First Empire State Corp. He retired in 1997 as executive vice president and treasurer of First Empire State Corp. and M&T Bank. He has served with the bank since 1984. Rappolt also held positions with Fidelity Bank, Philadelphia; United California Bank, New York; First State Bank of New Jersey, Newark; and Brown Bros. Harriman & Co., New York.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business from Lafayette. He also attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Administration with a major in international business.

Six trustees were relected to five-year terms: Alan R. Griffith '64 of Lawrenceville, N.J., the vice chairman of The Bank of New York; Roger B. Hansen '65 of Northfield, N.J., the chairman of Ole Hansen & Sons, Inc., Cologne, N.J.; Thomas F. McGrail '55 of Chadds Ford, Pa., the retired president of General Products Group, ICI Americas, Inc.; David M. Roth '70 of Hartford, Conn., a partner in the law firm of Levy & Droney, Farmington, Conn.; George F. Rubin '64 of Malvern, Pa., president of PREIT-RUBIN, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa., the management affiliate of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust; and Riley K. Temple '71 of Washington, D.C., a partner in the law firm of Halprin, Temple, Goodman & Maher, Washington, D.C.

Two members retired from the board effective July 1. William C. Cassebaum '53, of the law firm of Cassebaum, McFall, Layman & Jordan, Bangor, Pa., and Richard S. Gurin, the former president and chief executive officer of Binney & Smith, Easton, and current chairman and chief executive officer of Sperry & Hutchinson Co., Inc., Manchester, Mass. Cassebaum was elected trustee emeritus.

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