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JUDY C. LEWENT ELECTED TO QUAKER OATS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 CHICAGO, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Judy C. Lewent, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Merck & Co., Inc., has been elected a director of The Quaker Oats Company (NYSE: OAT), increasing the number of Directors to 14.
 William D. Smithburg, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "Judy Lewent's experience in corporate finance, strategic planning and business development for a major, worldwide pharmaceutical company makes her a valuable addition to Quaker's board. We're delighted to have her as a director."
 Lewent, 44, joined Merck in 1980 as director of acquisitions and capital analysis. Previously, she had worked in investment banking at E.F. Hutton, commercial banking at Bankers Trust, and in the pharmaceutical business as a divisional controller at Pfizer. She was promoted in 1983 to assistant controller of the Merck Research Laboratories and to executive director of financial evaluation and analysis in 1985. She was named vice president and treasurer in 1987, vice president for finance and chief financial officer in 1990, and was promoted to her current position in December 1992.
 Lewent received a bachelor of science degree in economics from Goucher College and a master of science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.
 Lewent serves on the boards of several educational institutions and professional organizations. She is a trustee of The John Hopkins University and Goucher College, an advisory panel member for MIT's program on the pharmaceutical industry, and a sponsor's representative for the International Financial Service Research Center of MIT's Sloan School. Additionally, she is a board member of the New York City Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute and Rockefeller Financial Services, Inc.
 Quaker is an international marketer of foods, pet foods and beverages.
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 /CONTACT: Ronald G. Bottrell, director, public relations, of Quaker Oats Co., 312-222-7388/
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