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Milestones, Apr. 3, 1944

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Engaged. WAAF Flight Officer Jacqueline Leigh-Mallory, 23, only daughter of the invasion’s air commander, British Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh Leigh-Mallory; and U.S. Army Air Forces Flight Officer William Ellwood Doherty Jr., 26; in London. In peacetime he was a chemist at his family’s Pleasant Valley Wine Co., a top-ranking American champagne producer, in Hammondsport, N.Y.

Died. Lord Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish, 38, second son of the late (ninth) Duke of Devonshire, husband of famed, U.S.-born onetime dancer Adele Astaire; after long illness; in his hereditary Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ireland. The tall, high-domed, horse-fancying Eton & Cambridge-man met the musicomedy star (an Omaha brewer’s daughter) in the late ’20s, married her at his family’s rural, palatial “Chatsworth” (Derbyshire) in 1932, soon established her in their cliff-topping Irish pile, complete with salmon stream, 200 rooms and (she said) one bath. Their daughter (1933) and twin sons (1937) lived only a few hours.

Died. Myron Selznick, 45, Hollywood’s heavy-jawed, hot-tempered, producer-squeezing, multimillionaire cinemactors’ agent; of abdominal hemorrhages; in Santa Monica, Calif. Schoolboys Myron and David Selznick got $1,000-a-week allowances from their fabulous father Lewis, bankrupt jeweler who during the ’20s ran a shoestring up to the $23,000,000 Select Pictures Corp. The brothers later made their own film fortune, separated in 1929 when Myron began his rise to key power as filmdom’s No. 1 talent-broker.

Died. Jules Semon Bache, 82, art-collecting, art-bestowing Manhattan banker and broker; after a brief illness; in Palm Beach, Fla. The monocled, well-preserved bon vivant took over his uncle’s Wall Street firm in 1892, swelled it to 42 offices, 800 employes. He became one of the greatest patrons of pre-19th-Century art, in 1937 turned over to New York his Fifth Avenue mansion, with its choice, more-than-$12,000,000 assortment of canvases, from 18th-Century Giovanni Bellini to 18th-Century Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Died. Dr. Carl Koller, 86, eye specialist, first doctor to use cocaine as a local anesthetic; in Manhattan. In 1884 Koller collaborated with the late, great Sigmund Freud in testing cocaine’s influence on muscular strength, digressed to try the drug on an animal’s eye, soon demonstrated the boon in many operations.

Reported Dead. Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 83, Italy’s member of the Versailles Conference’s Big Four; shot as a Nazi hostage; in Rome (see p. 36).

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