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Milestones: Apr. 9, 1965

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Born. To Stefania Sandrelli, 20, sylphlike innocent angel of Seduced and Abandoned; and a lover whom she refuses to identify: a daughter; in Lausanne, Switzerland last October.

Married. Joseph Curran, 59, boss of the 62,000-member National Maritime Union; and Florence B. Stetler, 47, Florida divorcee and marine-equipment sales executive; both for the second time (his first wife died in 1963); in a civil ceremony; in Brooklyn.

Died. Gail Neal, 29, California tennis-club attendant; of a .45-cal. bullet wound in the head, shortly after which her estranged husband, Actor Tom Neal, 51, the man who hospitalized Franchot Tone (“I was on him like a cat”) in their 1951 brawl over Actress Barbara Payton, was booked on suspicion of murder; in Palm Springs.

Died. Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary, the Dowager Princess Royal, 67, only daughter of England’s King George V, who hoisted high the banner of noblesse oblige, first as a canteen worker in World War I, then as a nurse, still later as World War II hostess of a soldiers’ convalescent home (her own), finally as head of Britain’s Girl Scouts and Red Cross; of a heart attack; at Harewood House, near Leeds, England.

Died. Dr. Philip Showalter Hench, 69, longtime (31 years) chief rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic, who in the late 1940s first used the wonder hormones cortisone and ACTH, administering them to rheumatoid arthritics with such spectacular results (one woman left her hospital bed to go on a shopping spree) that he won the 1950 Nobel Prize for medicine, sharing it with two biochemists who had isolated the hormones; of pneumonia and diabetic coma; in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Died. General Henry Duncan Graham Crerar, 76, Canada’s foremost soldier, who led the probing but costly Dieppe raid in 1942, got his revenge in command of the First Canadian Army on Dday, went on to smash the German hinge at Caen, then swept north along the coast through Belgium, clearing the Channel ports and storming across the Rhine into Germany; of a heart attack; in Ottawa.

Died. Noah Morgan Mason, 82, longtime Republican Congressman from Illinois’ 15th district (Aurora), a deep-dyed conservative who opened his 13-term career in 1936 by denouncing F.D.R.’s court-packing plan, retired in 1962 promising to remain “a missionary to the heathen of Capitol Hill,” in between slashing out at the New-Deal, lend-lease, farm-price supports, the U.N., civil rights and foreign aid, while serving on the House committees on Un-American Activities, and Ways and Means; in Joliet, Ill.

Died. David losifovich Zaslavsky, 85, Pravda’s most poisonous penman since 1928, who called Churchill “a broken lance bearer,” Truman “a cold-war Napoleon,” Hammarskjold “a hangman and murderer,” but saved his strongest venom for Boris Pasternak, sneering that he was “an extraneous smudge” and leading the chorus that forced the author of Doctor Zhivago to refuse the 1958 Nobel Prize; in Moscow.

Died. Maurilio Cardinal Fossati, 88, Archbishop of Turin since 1930, and one of Italy’s most respected churchmen, who was a leading contender for the papacy in 1939 at the young age of 62, went through World War II as an active antiFascist, denouncing the mass transport of Italian laborers to Germany, sheltering Jewish refugees in the homes of Catholics, then, in 1945, persuading the retreating German army to bypass Turin, thus sparing the city from devastation; of pneumonia; in Turin.

Died. Helena Rubinstein, 94, queen of cosmetics; of a heart attack; in Manhattan (see U.S. BUSINESS).

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