Milestones: Jan. 20, 1986

HOSPITALIZED. Ezra Taft Benson, 86, politically conservative Mormon leader and former Secretary of Agriculture (1953-60) who last November became president of the 5.8 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; for evaluation; in Salt Lake City.

DIED. Joseph Kraft, 61, syndicated political columnist whose incisive views and access to world leaders made his prose must reading in the nation's capital and beyond for more than 20 years; of heart disease; in Washington. After working at the Washington Post and the New York Times in the 1950s, he became a speech writer for 1960 Presidential Candidate John Kennedy and in 1963...

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