The Rockefeller Protege Who's Polishing The Dime

Ever since he joined New York's Dime Savings Bank in 1988, many have expected Richard D. Parsons to leave the thrift at any moment. Politics, after all, was said to be his first love; law, a close second. Parsons had distinguished himself during the 1970s both as a valued Vice-Presidential aide to the late Nelson A. Rockefeller and as a member of President Gerald R. Ford's domestic-policy team. A black Republican who had soared during the 1980s as a respected attorney, Parsons, it seemed, could write his own ticket.

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