When David W. Campbell leaves his office at Ameribanc Savings Bank for the last time on Friday, he will join the growing ranks of preretirement- age chief executives merged out of a job.

"There's no place here for a 48-year-old thrift executive," said Mr. Campbell, whose $1.1 billion-asset thrift in the Virginia suburbs of Washington is being bought by First Union Corp. "I'll probably take some time this spring to let the mind recharge a bit. I have not yet determined the route for me individually."

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