Milestones Dec. 18, 1995

DIED. THOMAS WASHINGTON, 58, president of the National Rifle Association; three weeks after suffering a heart attack while deer hunting; in Dearborn, Michigan. His successor, Marion P. Hammer, is the N.R.A.'s first female head.

DIED. ROXIE ROKER, 66, actress; in Los Angeles. For over a decade, Roker played the blunter half of an interracial couple--one of TV's first--on the sitcom The Jeffersons.

DIED. CLAIR PATTERSON, 73, geochemist who in the early '50s established the age of the earth and the solar system as 4.6 billion years; of asthma; in Sea Ranch, California.

DIED. ROBERTSON DAVIES, 82, author; in Orangeville, Ontario. Davies...

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