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Milestones, Nov. 28, 1938

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Born. To King Farouk of Egypt, 18, and his 17-year-old wife, Queen Farida: a daughter, their first child; in Alexandria, a week after the usual false alarm. Name: Ferial (Arabic for “Light”).

Born. To Allan Henry Hoover, 31-year-old California rancher and younger son of Herbert Hoover, and his wife, Margaret Coberly Hoover: a son, their first child, fourth grandchild of the ex-President; in Palo Alto, Calif.

Engaged. Janet Gaynor, 32-year-old cinemactress (A Star is Born, Three Loves Has Nancy); to Gilbert Adrian, 35, Hollywood’s No. 1 fashion stylist; in Hollywood.

Died. Rodney Butcher, 37, chief of the Washington bureau of N.E.A. (Newspaper Enterprise Association); of heart disease; in Washington. His syndicated column (“Behind the Scenes in Washington”) appeared regularly in 750 newspapers, more than any other syndicated column in the world. At the National Press Club’s annual dinner in Washington last week (see p. p), President Roosevelt praised twelve newspapermen as “objective” reporters, singled out Rodney Butcher in particular as a “gentleman of the press.”

Died. Leopold Godowsky, 68, famed oldtime pianist, prolific transcriber and composer of the conservative school; after long illness; in Manhattan.

Died. Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria, Queen of Norway, 69, sister of Great Britain’s late King George V, last surviving child of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra; of heart disease; in London. When Princess Maud married Prince Charles of Benmark (later King Haakon of Norway) in 1896 in a royal love match, there was little prospect of a throne for them. But when Norway seceded from Sweden in 1905, it chose the couple as its sovereigns. To the Norwegian populace they were known as “Mr. King” and “Mrs. Queen.”

Died. The Mackintosh of Mackintosh (Alfred Bonald Mackintosh), 87, since 1876 the 28th Chief of Clan Chattan; of a heart attack; at Moy Hall, Inverness, Scotland. A strict dresser, The Mackintosh once threatened to resign from the Kilt Society unless white ties with evening kilts were prohibited, black ties made compulsory.

Died. Jennie Taylor King (Mrs. Richard Beatty) Mellon, widow of the late Secretary of the Treasury’s younger banker brother (who left an estate estimated at $80,000,000 when he died in 1933); of pneumonia; in Pittsburgh. Mrs. Mellon’s last request: that her age should be kept secret.

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