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F. Donald Nixon, Brother of Former President, Dead at 72

June 30, 1987 GMT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ F. Donald Nixon, the younger brother of former President Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 72, a funeral director said Monday.

Nixon died Saturday at Hoag Memorial Hospital, said Bill Whitaker, director of White-Emerson Mortuary in Whittier.

Whitaker refused to reveal the cause of death, other than that it was from natural causes. Gail Love, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said Nixon had been treated in the same area as cancer patients.

Nixon had been a vice president of the Marriott Corp., which operates hotels around the world, and a consultant with the Carnation Co. before retiring in the 1970s.

CBS News reported the former president would not be able to make his brother’s funeral because he is still recovering from prostate surgery at his Saddle River, N.J., home.

Donald Nixon was tied through a business association to the reclusive billionaire, Howard Hughes, and to John Meier, a former Hughes aide who pleaded no contest in October to being an accessory after the fact to a murder.

Meier maintained he has been set up in the case because political enemies were angry that he had revealed a business relationship between Hughes and Donald Nixon, in which Nixon had sought financing for a chain of fast-food restaurants.

According to presidential aide H.R. Haldeman, Richard Nixon believed disclosures about a $205,000 loan from Hughes to his brother cost him the presidential election in 1960 and the California governorship in 1962. Haldeman made the disclosure in his book ″The Ends of Power.″

Former presidential aide John Ehrlichman wrote in his book ″Witness to Power″ that Richard Nixon once asked the CIA to put a ″full cover″ on his brother. The CIA refused, he wrote, but the Secret Service agreed to keep a watch on him to see if anything he did might embarrass the president.

In addition to the former president, survivors include another brother, Edward; his wife, Clara Jane Nixon; a daughter, Lawrene Anfinson; two sons, Donald and Rick Nixon; and five grandchildren.

Services were planned for Tuesday at the East Whittier Friends Church, followed by a private burial.