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Milestones, Dec. 3, 1973

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Born. To Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, 41, vice chairman of the 1972 Democratic Convention and first member of the House of Representatives to be granted maternity leave, and William A. Burke, 34, health care consultant: their first child, a daughter; hi Los Angeles. Name: Autumn Roxanne.

Died. Allan Sherman, 49, whose album of folk-song parodies, My Son, the Folksinger, was a 1960s comedy hit; of emphysema; in Los Angeles. After lean years as a TV gagwriter and obscure success as one of the creators of I’ve Got a Secret, Sherman achieved instant stardom with such lyrics as “Do not make a stingy sandwich./ Pile the cold cuts high./ Customers should see salami/ Comin’ thro’ the rye.”

Died. Jennie Tourel, 63, diminutive, Montreal-born soprano star of the Paris Opéra-Comique who fled to the U.S. during World War II, dazzled Metropolitan Opera audiences with her unusual range (low G to high C) and linguistic fluency (nine languages) and during the 1950s emerged as one of the leading vocal recitalists in the U.S.; of lung cancer; in Manhattan.

Died. H.I. (for Haakon Ingolf) Romnes, 66, former board chairman of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co.; of leukemia; in Sarasota, Fla. Dubbed “the Mild Viking” for his Norwegian parentage and his quiet style of leadership, Romnes began his career as a phone installer, and as A T & T board chairman steered the giant corporation from $13 billion in revenues in 1967 to $18.4 billion in 1971.

Died. Morris Bishop, 80, author of elegant light verse and urbane literary biographies (Pascal, Petrarch, La Rochefoucauld); of a heart attack; in Ithaca, N.Y. Bishop served 24 years as professor of romance literature at Cornell. In 1948, he persuaded the university to hire his friend Vladimir Nabokov, who settled in to write Lolita.

Died. Sessue Hayakawa, 84, Japanese-born movie villain of the silent screen who in 1958 received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Colonel Saito, the fanatical, stony-faced prison-camp commander in The Bridge on the River Kwai; of pneumonia; in Tokyo.

Died. Arthur J. Morris, 92, who in 1910 founded Morris Plan banking, the prototype of consumer credit; in North Tarrytown, N.Y. When he saw wage earners without collateral being denied bank loans, Morris founded a bank that required only character references and a job for security and permitted repayment in installments.

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