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Widow of Whittaker Chambers Dies

August 19, 1986

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) _ The widow of Whittaker Chambers, who accused former State Department employee Alger Hiss in 1948 of providing classified information to the Soviet Union, is dead at 86.

Esther Shemitz Chambers, an artist and illustrator who married Chambers in 1930, had lived in Carroll County since the late 1930s.

Chambers led House Un-American Activities Committee investigators in 1948 to a pumpkin patch on his farm, where he had hidden microfilm he said Hiss had given him.

Chambers died in 1961.

Mrs. Chambers continued to live on the farm until her death Saturday.

She is survived by a son, John Chambers, of Frederick and a daughter, Ellen Into, of San Francisco.

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