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ROBERT H. BEEBY ELECTED TO COLUMBIA GAS SYSTEM BOARD

 WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert H. Beeby, chairman of Service America Corporation, of Stamford, Conn., has been elected to the board of directors of The Columbia Gas System, Inc. (NYSE: CG), increasing its membership to 16.
 Columbia Chairman John H. Croom said he is "pleased Mr. Beeby has agreed to become a member of Columbia's Board. His knowledge and business experience will be of great value to the company in the years ahead."
 Beeby, 61, became chairman of Service America in 1991. Prior to that he held numerous executive positions including president and CEO of Frito-Lay, Inc., president and CEO of Pepsi-Cola International, and president and CEO of Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
 He is a graduate of Beloit (Wis.) College and earned a master of science degree with distinction from Northwestern University. He serves on the boards of both of these schools and is also a member of the board of directors of Church & Dwight Co.
 The Columbia Gas System, Inc., is one of the nation's largest natural gas systems. Subsidiary companies are engaged in the exploration, production, purchase, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and other energy operations such as cogeneration. The Columbia Gas System, Inc., and its principal pipeline subsidiary, Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., have been operating as debtors-in-possession under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code since July 31, 1991.
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