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Milestones, May 3, 1976

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Divorced. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., 61, son of the 32nd President of the U.S. and board chairman of Fiat-Roosevelt Motors; and Felicia W. Roosevelt, 49, daughter of the late financier-philanthropist Paul Felix Warburg; after five years of marriage; in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Died. Joe David Brown, 60, journalist and bestselling author (Addie Pray, Stars in My Crown, Kings Go Forth); of a heart attack; near Mayfield, Ga. Brown at 21 became the nation’s youngest managing editor (of the Dothan, Ala., Eagle). After serving as a paratrooper in World War II, he became a TIME writer and a correspondent overseas; he later wrote for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Time-Life Books. Brown, between journalistic jobs, turned to short stories and novels, many of which were about life in the backwoods South which the courtly author knew and loved. Three books became movies; Tatum O’Neal, playing Brown’s memorable tomboy Addie Pray in Paper Moon, won the 1973 Academy Award for best supporting actress.

Died. Michael Greer, 60, fashionable interior decorator (for Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper); of strangulation; in Manhattan. At week’s end police were searching Manhattan’s gay community for clues to his murderer. Greer, an admitted homosexual, was reportedly seen at a gay leather bar hours before his death.

Died. Samuel Belkin, 64, Polish-born chancellor of Manhattan’s Yeshiva University; after a long illness; in New York City. Belkin supervised the university’s growth from a relatively small seminary to an institution that included America’s first medical school (Albert Einstein) and first liberal-arts college for women (Stern) under Jewish sponsorship, as well as several graduate schools.

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