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RETIRED NORFOLK SOUTHERN CHAIRMAN/CEO DIES

 NORFOLK, Va., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Buckner Claytor, 71, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and a prominent pioneer in the era of modern railroads, died in Norfolk Friday morning.
 Claytor served as the first chairman and chief executive officer of Norfolk Southern after it was formed in 1982 by the consolidation of Norfolk and Western Railway and Southern Railway, and he had continued to serve on Norfolk Southern's board of directors since retiring.
 Born Feb. 27, 1922, in Roanoke, Va., Claytor was educated at The Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pa., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. After serving as an officer in the Army Field Artillery, he attended Harvard Law School, where he received a J.D. degree. Following law school, he worked for three years as an attorney with American Telephone and Telegraph Company in New York.
 Claytor's long railroad career began in 1951, when he joined Norfolk and Western Railway as a solicitor in the law department in Roanoke. He rose rapidly through the law department and became vice president of law in 1964. He was elected senior vice president and a director of NW in 1968, president in 1980 and chief executive officer in 1981.
 He was an architect of one of the important rail mergers of the early 1980s, bringing together the NW and Southern railways to form the new Norfolk Southern Corporation holding company to operate a 20-state freight railroad system.
 After retiring as chairman in 1987, Claytor served as chairman of the executive committee until 1992. Besides being a director of Norfolk Southern, he also had served as a director of Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Richardson-Wayland Electrical Corporation and Ashland Coal, Inc.
 He was active in numerous educational, cultural and civic endeavors, and in the Episcopal Church, which he served from 1969-1974 as chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. He served as a trustee and board chairman of Hollins College, Roanoke, Va.; as a regent and board chairman of The Mercersburg Academy; as a trustee of The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va.; and as a visitor and vice rector of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
 Claytor's wife, Frances Tice Claytor, died in 1989. He is survived by a daughter, Jane C. Webster, Norfolk, Va; two sons, Robert H. Claytor, Columbia, Tenn., and J. Preston Claytor, Lanexa, Va.; two brothers, W. Graham Claytor Jr., Washington, and Richard Claytor, Bethesda, Md.; and two grandchildren.
 A funeral service will be conducted at Ascension Episcopal Church, Norfolk, 11 a.m. Monday, and another service will be conducted at St. John's Episcopal Church, Roanoke, 2 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial gifts may be made to the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, 600 Talbot Hall Road, Norfolk, Va. 23505; or the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, P.O. Box 2279, Roanoke, Va. 24009.
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