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As quietly as he had moved through 28 years of able public service, Joseph Bartlett Eastman, 61, Director of the Office of Defense Transportation, died last week in Washington.

For 26 months, as ODT boss, genial, drawling Joe Eastman had worked a killing 15 hours a day to keep U.S. transportation fluid. As ICC commissioner for 25 years he had labored to master transportation economics. No other man knew the subject so thoroughly. And in politics-ridden Washington he was outstanding as a man who kept his mind on the job.

Joe Eastman was...

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