Milestones: Oct. 20, 1986

DIED. Stephen Barry, 38, personal valet to Prince Charles until 1982, when he left his post of twelve years amid reports that he had been forced out by the Princess; of pneumonia, complicated by the AIDS virus; in London. Two volumes of his memoirs, Royal Service and Royal Secrets, unpublished in Britain in deference to the palace, appeared in the U.S., where they sold briskly despite their tame content.

DIED. Rudolf Flesch, 75, unambiguous champion of plain English; of congestive heart failure; in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Vienna-born, he emigrated to the U.S. at 27 and wrote more than 20 books about...

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