MIAMI BEACH -- A retired chief executive officer of First Chicago Corp. lamented the effect that industry consolidation may be having on local philanthropic and community-service commitments by banking companies.

Richard Thomas, who was chairman of First Chicago and First Chicago NBD Corp. before it became part of Bank One Corp., said the declining number of large banks, and with it the number of executives in senior positions, means there are fewer people to take the civic leadership positions that bankers historically and disproportionately filled.

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