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Milestones, Dec. 26, 1960

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Married. Baudouin Albert Charles Leopold Axel Marie Gustave of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 30, King of the Belgians; and Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, 32, gentle daughter of Spain’s Marqués of Casa Riera; both for the first time; in Brussels (see FOREIGN NEWS).

Married. Adam Clayton Powell, 52, Negro clergyman and Democratic Congressman from Harlem, recently divorced from Jazz Pianist Hazel Scott; and Ivette Diago, 29, Powell’s Puerto Rican secretary; he for the third time, she for the second, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Died. Gregory Ratoff, 63, flamboyant actor, director and producer who played all his roles with a thick Russian accent, a $2,500-a-week asset of which he made light. (“Italian, I murder; Eenglish, I only manslaughter.”) St. Petersburg-born, Ratoff left Russia after the Revolution, after years as a Broadway and Hollywood star won a reputation as one of filmdom’s most versatile and gaudily garbed directors; of leukemia; in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Died. Meyer Kestnbaum, 64, president of Hart Schaffner & Marx, manufacturers of men’s clothing, who made his firm a model of labor-management concord and in 1955 became a special assistant (on executive management and federal-state relations) to President Eisenhower; of a heart attack; in Chicago.

Died. John Charles Thomas, 69, top-ranking U.S. baritone who rose to grand opera by way of musical comedy (Maytime), light opera, vaudeville and radio. Master of 15 leading operatic roles and highly regarded by the critics for his warm, rich voice, Thomas won his biggest audiences with his radio shows, was eventually granted special F.C.C. dispensation to sign off with a “personal message” —”Good night, Mother”; of intestinal cancer; in Apple Valley, Calif.

Died. Negley Farson, 70, bestselling author (The Way of a Transgressor) and onetime foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News. Grandson of a Union Army general, hard-living Negley Farson drew the source material for his hard-bitten books from careers as an oil salesman in the U.S., engineer in England, arms salesman in Czarist Russia, aviator in Egypt; of a heart attack; in Georgeham, North Devon, England.

Died. Moe Smith, 73, who, with Partner Izzy Einstein, formed the 1920′ funniest and most effective team of prohibition agents. Addicted to disguises—they posed variously as vegetable vendors, gravediggers and Democratic National Convention delegates—Izzy and Moe arrested 4,000 suspected bootleggers, confiscated an estimated 5,000,000 bottles of hooch; of a stroke; in Yonkers, N.Y.

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