Milestones, Sep. 12, 1960

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Died. Hazza Majali, 44, pro-Western Premier of Jordan for the past 16 months, a tent-dwelling Bedouin chieftain's son and a Syrian University lawyer; in a bomb explosion; in Amman, Jordan (see FOREIGN NEWS).

Died. James Shamus ("Jimmy") Slattery, 56, stylish, lightning-quick "dancing master" of boxing from 192-1 to 1935, onetime light-heavyweight champion; of tuberculosis, which he had been fighting since the early 19405; in Buffalo, where he had worked in recent years tending roses in a public park.

Died. Martin D. Whitaker, 58, nuclear physicist and president since 1946 of Lehigh University, who during World War II organized and directed the Clinton Laboratories at Oak Ridge, Tenn., which pioneered in the production of plutonium for use in the first atomic bomb; of cancer; in Bethlehem, Pa.

Died. Sir Hisamuddin Alam Shah, 62, Paramount Ruler of Malaya since his election to a five-year term last April under the Federation's unusual rotating kingship system, a onetime farmer, who became Sultan of the state of Selangor in 1938; following hospitalization for a viral infection; in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya.

Died. Dowager Lady Bailey, 69, only daughter of the fifth Baron Rossmore and widow of South African Mining Magnate Sir Abe Bailey, a dauntless aviatrix who, after learning to fly in 1926, soon set an altitude record for light planes, subsequently survived at least three forced landings—in Russia, Tanganyika and the Sahara—to ferry World War II craft for the R.A.F. at age 50; of cancer; in Cape Town, South Africa.

Died. Vicki (born Hedwig) Baum, 72, a Viennese-born harpist and Berlin magazine editor, author of more than 30 novels, who—following her 1931 bestseller and Broadway smash, Grand Hotel—took up film writing in Hollywood ("where, thank heaven, I failed, and so saved my life") and U.S. citizenship ("I fell in love with the country"), but never again equaled her first success; of leukemia; in Hollywood.

Died. Dr. G. (for George) Canby Robinson, 81, medical administrator and a pioneer in psychosomatic medicine, director of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical College Association from 1928 to 1935, and head of the World War II American Red Cross Blood Donor Service which raised 13 million pints of plasma for the armed forces; after a long illness; in Greenport, L.I.

Died. Dr. Francis Everett Townsend, 93, California visionary, whose pension plan never came to pass; of pneumonia; in Los Angeles (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS).