Milestones: Aug. 30, 1968

Died. Cy Walter, 53, noted supper-club pianist, whose graceful, stylized renditions of such popular tunes as Begin the Beguine were a feature of Manhattan's night life for some 30 years, most recently at the Drake Hotel; of cancer; in Manhattan.

Died. George Gamow, 64, Russian-born theoretical physicist and astronomer; of a gastric hemorrhage; in Boulder, Colo. Although he worked in the arcane worlds of entropy and anti-numbers, Gamow had a rare gift for explaining science to the layman. While teaching at George Washington University, he put his clarity and common sense into nine books, including The Birth and Death of the Sun...

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