Nell Donnelly Reed, a pioneer in women's ready-to-wear...

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September 12, 1991

Nell Donnelly Reed, a pioneer in women's ready-to-wear clothing, died Sunday morning at her home in Kansas City, Mo. She was 102. In 1916, at the age of 26, Mrs. Reed began making ruffled dresses to replace the drab housedresses of the period. Her first dresses sold for $1, considerably more than the average price of 69 cents. Mrs. Reed was described by Fortune magazine in 1935 as possibly the most successful U.S. businesswoman. By the 1940s, her company, Donnelly Garment Co., was the largest of its kind in the world. She was also among the first business leaders in her city to offer paid group hospitalization for employees and an unlimited number of tuition-paid night courses and scholarships for their children at local colleges. After Mrs. Reed retired, the company changed its name to Nelly Don Inc., went public and eventually filed for bankruptcy.

Win Ng, 55, an artist whose ceramic murals, sculpture and paintings are displayed in museums across the nation and abroad, died Saturday in San Francisco of complications from acquired immune deficiency syndrome. With fellow artist Spaulding Taylor, he started a ceramic cookware business, Taylor & Ng, fashioning pots and dishes in the shapes of fat chickens and fish.

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