Milestones, May 8, 1972

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Died. Kwame Nkrumah, 62, deposed first President of Ghana and leader in Africa's anti-colonialism movement (see THE WORLD). -

Died. George Sanders, 65, cynical, sinister film smoothie for more than three decades; by his own hand (sleeping pills); in Castelldefels, Spain. Though he began his career as a singer, Sanders moved easily into movies during the '30s and was quickly typecast as the unctuous villain in such pictures as Lloyds of London and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He called his autobiography Memoirs of a Professional Cad and pooh-poohed his own acting ability, but won an Academy Award in 1950 for his role as the bitchy, jaded critic in All About Eve. His suicide note was totally in character: "I am leaving because I am bored."

Died. Arthur E. Summerfield, 73, Dwight Eisenhower's Postmaster General and campaign manager; of pneumonia; in West Palm Beach, Fla. A ninth-grade dropout, Summerfield built up one of the country's largest Chevrolet dealerships during the Depression. His 1940 Michigan campaign work for Wendell Willkie started his political career; by the 1952 Republican Convention, he was able to deliver a key bloc of delegates to Eisenhower. In return, Summerfield was appointed Eisenhower's campaign manager. Republican National Committee chairman, and finally Postmaster General.

Died. Louis F. Budenz, 80, American Communist leader who turned against the party and informed on his erstwhile comrades; in Newport, R.I. A Catholic-educated Midwesterner, Budenz became sympathetic to the working class and involved himself in the labor movement of the '20s. In 1935 he joined the Communist Party and within five years was managing editor of the Daily Worker. He became disillusioned, he said, when he "learned the truth concerning the Communist conspiracy against America and Catholicism," and in 1945 he renounced the party to rejoin the Catholic Church. Later he was frequently called as a witness in trials of accused Communists, and he appeared often before Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigating committee.

Died. Frank L. Boyden, 92, headmaster of Deerfield Academy for 66 years; in Deerfield, Mass. Boyden was a 23-year-old college graduate when he joined the struggling, 14-student day school as its headmaster and only teacher in 1902. Both grew from the partnership—Deerfield into one of the nation's most prestigious prep schools (enrollment 507), Boyden into one of the most respected educators of his time.