Milestones, Jan. 3, 1977

Died. Munro Leaf, 71, creator of Ferdinand the Bull in a 1936 children's story that has since been translated into 16 languages and sold 2.5 million copies; of cancer; in Garrett Park, Md. Leaf taught high school before writing and illustrating dozens of children's books. Ferdinand, the peace-loving bull who would rather sniff flowers than fight, later starred in a Walt Disney movie, and was used to sell merchandise from cereal to diamond pins.

Died. Russel Wright, 72, a designer who created simple, elegant furniture and accessories for American homes; of cancer; in Manhattan. Though he had little formal training, Wright...

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