John Kistler Crum has been elected executive director of the American Chemical Society, effective Jan. 1. He will succeed Raymond P. Mariella, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Crum joined ACS in 1964 as an assistant editor of a society journal, Analytical Chemistry. He became managing editor four years later, and group manager of all ACS journals in 1970. The following year he was appointed acting director of the ACS books and journals division, and in 1972, assumed the full directorship of the division.

In 1975, he was elected treasurer and chief financial officer of the society. He was elected deputy executive director in 1980.

Crum is a native of Brownsville, Texas, and earned his doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry at the University of Texas in 1964.

The American Chemical Society has also announced the election of officers for next year. Clayton F. Callis has been reelected to a second term as chairman of the board of directors. Callis is director of environmental operations and technology planning for Monsanto Industrial Chemicals Co. in St. Louis.

Fred Basolo has been named president and Warren Niederhauser has been chosen as president-elect. Basolo is a professor of chemistry at Northwestern University and Niederhauser is director of pioneering research with Rohm & Haas Co. in Spring House, Pa.

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