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EWING M. KAUFFMAN, CHAIRMAN EMERITUS, MARION MERRELL DOW INC., TO BE INDUCTED INTO 1992 NATIONAL SALES HALL OF FAME

 EWING M. KAUFFMAN, CHAIRMAN EMERITUS, MARION MERRELL DOW INC.,
 TO BE INDUCTED INTO 1992 NATIONAL SALES HALL OF FAME
 NEW YORK, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ewing M. Kauffman, 75, chairman emeritus of Marion Merrell Dow Inc. and owner of the Kansas City Royals, will be inducted into the 1992 National Sales Hall of Fame at a gala awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on Tuesday, March 24.
 The master of ceremonies for the event will be Hugh Downs, television journalist and co-host of ABC-TV's "20/20." Also making an appearance will be Walter Cronkite who will present the "Walter Cronkite Master Communicator of the Year" award to Downs. The dinner chairman is Eugene M. Freedman, chairman of Coopers & Lybrand.
 The National Sales Hall of Fame is sponsored annually by the Sales & Marketing Executives of Greater New York, a professional, not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1932 by a group of sales executives led by Thomas J. Watson Sr., founder of IBM Corporation. The National Sales Hall of Fame honors unique sales achievements in all fields. It also promotes the profession of selling as a creative and honorable career.
 "I am honored to be inducted into the National Sales Hall of Fame," Kauffman stated today. "But this award is not mine alone; it also belongs to the associates of Marion Merrell Dow whose hard work and dedication have contributed to our company's tremendous success over the years."
 Charles L. Hughes, corporate secretary and director (retired), Marion Laboratories, Inc., will present the award to Kauffman.
 In 1950, Kauffman founded Marion Laboratories in the basement of his home and guided its growth from gross sales of $36,000 and a net profit of $1,000 in its first year of operation to net sales of $930 million by 1989. Marion Merrell Dow was formed in 1989 through the combination of Marion Laboratories and Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc.
 Kauffman is a graduate of Union College, Drury College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. He has also received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, and was named Marketing Man of the Year in 1969 by the Sales & Marketing Executives of Kansas City, Inc.
 His Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation places special emphasis on helping at-risk children and youth become productive members of society and in stimulating the growth of entrepreneurship in America.
 In 1989, Kauffman was named to the Presidential Drug Advisory Council, formed by executive order to assist the President of the United States and the director of the Office of Drug Control Policy in the development and implementation of a national drug policy.
 Most recently, Kauffman was named for one of the "Thousand Points of Light," President Bush's tribute to Americans who make a positive difference. In 1991, he received the prestigious "Good Neighbor Award" from the Harry S Truman Foundation.
 The other inductees into the 1992 National Sales Hall of Fame are: Joseph A. Antonini, chairman/CEO, K mart Corporation; Cathleen Black, president/CEO, American Newspaper Publishers Association; James W. Kinnear, president/CEO, Texaco Inc.; Reginald F. Lewis, chairman/CEO, TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc.; and James E. Preston, chairman/CEO, Avon Products, Inc.
 Nominees voted into the National Sales Hall of Fame by the board of trustees must fulfill the following criteria:
 -- Be a recognized leader in his or her industry;
 -- Have a record of individual sales/marketing leadership achievement;
 -- Be a frequent supporter and contributor to regional or national philanthropic projects;
 -- Show strong support for careers in business with an emphasis on sales and marketing;
 -- Be recognized as a consummate professional by his or her peers.
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