Most noteworthy of the delegates of 63 nations assembling in Washington for an International Monetary Fund Conference is Félix Gaillard (pronounced guyyar), France's youngest finance minister in this century.

Born: Nov. 5, 1919 in Paris, son of a wealthy mining engineer and heir to rich estates in the cognac-producing department of the Charente, north of Bordeaux.

Education: honor student at Paris' Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques; served six months in the army during World War II, and another six months chopping trees in the Chantiers de Jeunesse, Pétain's version of the Hitler Youth. Joined the Resistance, preparing schemes for economic harassment of the...

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