Arthur H. Meehan began his career in 1960 at what was then the world's largest bank - Bank of America. He expects to end it as chief executive officer at a $970 million-asset thrift in Medford, Mass.

As recently as five years ago his career path - he also spent 21 years at Bank of New England before it was acquired by Fleet Financial Group in 1991 - may have seemed unusual.

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