Frederick H. Merrill Jr., executive vice president of specialty contractor Component Assembly Systems Inc. (CAS), Pelham, N.Y., and general manager of its Medford, Mass.-based New England region for 35 years, died on Jan. 18 in New Boston, N.H., of pneumonia, says company CEO H. Lewis Rapaport. Merrill was 67. A major U.S. drywall and acoustical specialty firm, CAS has about 900 employees. "Fred was well known throughout New England and was called upon by many of its developers and construction managers for his insight on how to value-engineer large projects and save dollars," says Rapaport. Senior Vice President Paul Pawlowski has succeeded Merrill, he adds.