Milestones, Feb. 26, 1979

DIED. Nicole Alphand, 61, elegant wife of former French Ambassador Herve Alphand, who shone as Washington's most glittering hostess through three Administrations (1958-65); of cancer; in Paris.

DIED. Reginald Maudling, 61, prominent member of the British Conservative Party and former Chancellor of the Exchequer (1962-64); of kidney failure; in London. An economic pragmatist as Chancellor, Maudling was touted often as a future Prime Minister, but in 1965 lost the Tory leadership election to Edward Heath by 17 out of nearly 300 votes cast.

DIED. Edvard Kardelj, 69, Yugoslav Communist ideologist and heir apparent...

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