CHICAGO - A senior executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago was killed in an auto accident Wednesday in northwest Indiana.

Nancy M. Goodman, 54, senior vice president in charge of community and corporate affairs for the bank, was returning from a business trip in Benton Harbor, Mich., when she lost control of her car on the wet pavement of Interstate 80-94.

When she tried to steer back onto the roadway, she collided with a tractor-trailer, according to a spokeswoman for the Indiana State Police.

Ms. Goodman, of Hammond, Ind., worked at the bank for 32 years and was senior vice president and had been a member of its management committee since 1994.

She joined the bank in 1968 as a senior research analyst in the bank's economic research department. Following a series of promotions, she was named economist and public information coordinator in 1976, when the department was created.

She was appointed information services officer in 1980 and promoted to assistant vice president in 1981. She became vice president in charge of public affairs in 1989.

"Nancy was a very close friend and trusted adviser to many of us," said the bank's president and chief executive officer, Michael Moskow. "We will miss her both personally and professionally."

She is survived by her husband, Sam, and two children, Greer and Max.

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