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More than 40 years ago, the deal was struck between Beckman Instruments and the SmithKline Corporation for a billion-dollar merger – and approved by the board of directors at Beckman Instruments, seated around a table now part of the Beckman Foundation conference room. From left to right: William R. Gould, E. H. Clark, Jr., Arnold O. Beckman, William Ballhaus, R. J. Munzer, Lowell Stanley, H. Russell Smith. (Beckman Foundation Collection)

agreement for a merger