James H. Higgins, chairman and chief executive officer of Mellon Bank and Mellon National Corp. from 1974 to 1981, died after a short illness on Saturday. He was 82.

"He was a true visionary who had a lasting impact on Mellon," said Frank V. Cahouet, chairman and CEO of Mellon Bank Corp. "He was one of the first to recognize the impact technology would have on the banking industry."

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