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CARGILL INTERNATIONAL CHAIRMAN ALDERSON DIES IN GENEVA FOLLOWING HEART ATTACK AT HOME

 CARGILL INTERNATIONAL CHAIRMAN ALDERSON DIES
 IN GENEVA FOLLOWING HEART ATTACK AT HOME
 GENEVA, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- N. Leonard Alderson, chairman of Cargill International S.A. (CISA), died here yesterday following a heart attack at his home. He was 62.
 Alderson had been chairman of CISA since Sept. 1, 1985. CISA is a subsidiary of Cargill, Incorporated, with responsibility for oversight of a range of commodity trading activities outside North America. Alderson also had supervisory responsibilities for Cargill business activities in the former Soviet Union, eastern Europe, the Middle East and portions of Africa.
 "We are deeply saddened by Len's untimely passing," said Whitney MacMillan, chairman of Cargill, Incorporated. "Len was instrumental in building Cargill International's presence and its reputation as one of the world's leading commodity trading entities. He will be missed."
 MacMillan said announcements regarding changes in managerial responsibilities at CISA will be made at a later date. "Thanks to the work of Len and his colleagues, Cargill International is a stable, well- run organization," he said.
 Alderson is survived by his wife Sally and their two children, Helen and Caroline.
 Alderson was born April 14, 1930, in Reading, England, and graduated from Cambridge University in 1953. He joined Cargill later that year as a general trainee in the grain division of Cargill, Incorporated, in Minneapolis. Following merchandising assignments in Peoria and Chicago, Ill., he was among the first group of merchants involved in Cargill's expansion into international locations.
 In 1955, Alderson served as a commodity merchant in Montreal, site of one of the first offices of Cargill's newly formed international arm, then known as Tradax International. He also served as manager of Cargill's feed grain operations in London, and when Tradax headquarter offices were set up in Geneva in the latter 1950s, Alderson became one of the first commodity merchants posted to that location.
 For the remainder of his career, Alderson rose steadily through the CISA organization, serving as vice president and manager of the Wheat Department, merchandising manager and senior vice president for operations. Beginning in 1978, Alderson also served a special 18-month assignment in Minneapolis as special assistant to MacMillan.
 In September 1980, Alderson returned to Geneva as president of CISA, succeeding Brewster B. Hanson. In 1985, Alderson was named chairman following Hanson's retirement from that post.
 Alderson also was a director of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and the International Enterprise Council of Geneva.
 The family requests no flowers. Donations should be addressed to the International Committee of the Red Cross, account number CO 129 98 60 at the Societe de Banque Suisse, Geneva, with reference to the "Alderson Family."
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