News from 1932: Retirement of Frederick Toppin

Mark Baber

The New York Times, 7 April 1932

To Return to His Home in Northern England---No Successor Expected to be

The resignation of Frederick Toppin as vice president of the Roosevelt
International Mercantile Marine Company was announced yesterday. Mr. Toppin
will retire after nearly fifty years in business and will return to his home
in Northern England. In a statement announcing his resignation, P. A. S.
Franklin, president of the company, expressed regret at Mr. Toppin's
retirement and praise of his "able and helpful service."

Mr. Toppin was born in England and entered the employ of the White Star Line
in Liverpool in January, 1885, and was transferred to the New York office in
1892. With the exception of four years, 1906-10, when he was in charge of
the line in Boston, Mr. Toppin has been at the New York office, serving in
various capacities. He was put in charge of the operating department in
1910, and in June, 1917, was elected a vice president of the company.

Mr. Toppin was considered an important factor in linking the White Star Line
with the International Mercantile Marine Company, its American agent. He
was also for fifteen years chairman of the committee of steamship lines'
representatives which negotiated with spokesmen of the International
Longshoremen's Association on matters pertaining to the handling of freight
on the ship lines' piers. In recent years his committee negotiated several
important contracts dealing principally with the wages of longshoremen, length
of working days and conditions of labor. He was also a member of the
managing committee of the North Atlantic Passenger Conference, through which
the various transatlantic ship lines operate in accord between the American
ports and European ports north of the Mediterranean.

It is understood that no successor to Mr. Toppin will be appointed by the I.
M. M. and that his work will be divided among several executives. A
successor will be appointed shortly to head the committee of negotiations
with the longshoremen.

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