Neil Reagan,88, the older brother of former President...

Deaths Elsewhere

December 13, 1996

Neil Reagan,88, the older brother of former President Ronald Reagan, died Wednesday of heart failure in Los Angeles.

"We will miss him terribly," Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, said in a statement. Mr. Reagan, the former president's only sibling, mostly kept a low profile during his brother's two terms in the White House.

He was born in Tampico, Ill. When Ronald Reagan went to Eureka College in Eureka, Ill., he encouraged Neil Reagan to join him. The older brother graduated with a degree in economics in 1933 and married Bess Hoffman in 1935. They had no children.

After his brother moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career, Neil Reagan followed and found work as a radio announcer. He later joined McCann-Erickson Advertising Agency, where he became senior vice president and head of the Los Angeles office until his retirement in 1973.

Vance Packard,82, author of the best-selling "The Hidden Persuaders" and other books critical of consumer society, died yesterday in Vineyard Haven, Mass. He never emerged from a coma after a heart attack last week.

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