Miles W. Kirkpatrick,79, a Philadelphia lawyer who...


Miles W. Kirkpatrick,79, a Philadelphia lawyer who oversaw a study that was sharply critical of the Federal Trade Commission and was then given the job of rejuvenating the agency as its

chairman, died of cancer May 2 at his home in Strafford, Pa.

In 1969, at the request of President Richard M. Nixon, he led a bar association commission that examined the FTC.

The panel concluded that too many high-level employees were incompetent or were do-nothings, and that the commission wasted time pursuing "trivial matters."

Impressed, Mr. Nixon appointed Caspar W. Weinberger to be FTC chairman and told him to overhaul the agency.

Seven months later, when the president asked Mr. Weinberger to head the Office of Management and Budget, he picked Mr. Kirkpatrick to lead the FTC.

Under his guidance, the commission prodded manufacturers to back up their advertised claims of safety, performance and therapeutic value.

It ordered Coca-Cola to stop contending that one of its drinks was high in vitamin C. It told DuPont to warn in its advertisements that its antifreeze Zerex could damage automotive cooling systems.

Pub Date: 5/18/98

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