Richard H. Deihl, who built H.F. Ahmanson & Co. from a savings and loan with assets of $2.6 billion into the biggest thrift in America, has retired as chairman.

Charles R. Rinehart, 48, who succeeded Mr. Deihl in 1993 as chief executive of Ahmanson and chairman and CEO of its Home Savings of America unit, has been given the additional title of chairman of the parent company.

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