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HERCULES INC. ELECTS RICHARD M. FAIRBANKS III TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Hercules Incorporated (NYSE: HPC) today announced that Richard M. Fairbanks III has been elected to the company's board of directors.
 Fairbanks' election brings the number of Hercules board members to 11 and the number of outside nonemployee directors to eight.
 Fairbanks is senior counsel at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is also senior counsel at the Washington office of the law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, where he was managing partner until 1992.
 In announcing Fairbanks' election to the board, Thomas L. Gossage, Hercules chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, "Fairbanks brings to our board a wealth of legal and government experience and an extensive background and knowledge of the Asia Pacific region, including China. We will value and benefit from his contributions."
 A native of Indianapolis, Fairbanks received his A.B. from Yale University and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
 In 1971, Fairbanks became the special assistant to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Later that year, he was named staff assistant at the White House Domestic Council and became associate director for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment of the Council in December 1972.
 After leaving government service in 1974, Fairbanks was a founding partner of the Washington law firm Beveridge, Fairbanks & Diamond. He resumed government service in 1981 when he was confirmed as assistant secretary of State for Congressional Relations. In February 1982, he was named special advisor to the secretary of State with the rank of ambassador and his first assignment in that position was special negotiator for the Middle East Peace Process. In January 1984, President Reagan nominated Fairbanks to become ambassador-at-large. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 1984. His major assignment in that capacity was to develop Pacific Basin cooperative efforts for the United States.
 In September 1985, Fairbanks left government service to resume private law practice as a partner in the Washington office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.
 His professional activities include: member of the board of directors of SEACOR Holdings, Inc.; member of the advisory board of The Law Companies Group, Inc.; vice chairman of the U.S. National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation; member, Council on Foreign Relations; founder, American Refugee Committee of Washington; and member, Council of American Ambassadors.
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