Nation: ... And Farmer

Along with its first physician, the Nixon sub-Cabinet is losing its most prominent black member, HEW Assistant Secretary James Farmer. His voluntary resignation, expected for several months, was scheduled to be announced .this week.

The parting is described by the Administration as friendly; Farmer plans to return to the lucrative lecture circuit and to organize a Washington-based consulting firm that will probably get federal contracts. But his departure symbolizes another type of defeat for a civil rights leader who once had national influence. The onetime national director of the Congress of Racial Equality, Farmer, now 50, lost much of his following to...

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