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OWENS & MINOR ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATION CHANGE

 RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI), announced the appointment of Hugh F. Gouldthorpe, Jr., to the position of Vice President, Quality and Communications, effective Sept. 1, 1993.
 In his new assignment, Gouldthorpe will continue to be responsible for the overall corporate communications effort and will assume the responsibility for the ongoing leadership and development of the Company's Total Quality Management initiative.
 Gouldthorpe joined Owens & Minor in January of 1986 as Director of Hospital Pharmaceutical Sales. Since then, he has served in a number of capacities in the sales and marketing area and was appointed Vice President of Communication in March of 1991. Prior to joining Owens & Minor, Gouldthorpe was employed by Squibb Corporation of Princeton, N.J. Gouldthorpe is a 1961 graduate of The Virginia Military Institute.
 According to G. Gilmer Minor III, President and Chief Executive Officer:
 "Hugh is a natural to lead our quality process. For the past two years, his communication department has been a key support element in our quality initiative. The focus on Quality for Q&M is customer satisfaction, and Hugh has been practicing that for many years."
 Owens & Minor is a wholesale distributor of medical and surgical supplies, pharmaceuticals and other related products to hospitals and medical care facilities. The company presently has 34 distribution centers serving 41 states and the District of Columbia.
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 /CONTACT: G. Gilmer Minor III, president and chief executive officer, Owens & Minor, Inc., 804-747-9794/
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