Milestones, Apr. 9, 1979

DIED. Jean Stafford, 63, caustic lady of letters whose tautly structured short stories won a 1970 Pulitzer Prize; of a heart attack; in White Plains, N.Y. Acclaimed for her first novel, Boston Adventure, at age 29, Stafford went on to publish two more novels, numerous short stories and many nonfiction works. The widow of Press Critic A.J. Liebling and a sharp wit in conversation and prose, Stafford said: "I write for myself and God and a few close friends."

DIED. Luscious ("Luke") Easter, 63, big (6 ft. 4½ in.), fence-busting first baseman for the Cleveland Indians (1949-54) and one of the...

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