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Nathan Straus, Noted Jewish Philanthropist, Dead; Funeral Service Today

Nathan Straus, noted Jewish leader and philanthropist, died suddenly last night while on a trip to eastern Long Island to inspect some of the property he owned. He was 72. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at the Jewish Community Center in White Plains, N. Y.

Born in New York, he spent his life crusading for slum clearance and civil rights. He was administrator of the United States Housing Authority under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. At one time he was a national vice-chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and director of the Palestine Economic Corporation. He had been a member of the New York State Senate and held other important state positions. He was chairman of radio station WMCA in New York at the time of his death.