Milton Petrie, 92, a noted philanthropist and founder of...


November 09, 1994

Milton Petrie, 92, a noted philanthropist and founder of one o the country's largest operators of women's clothing stores, died Sunday in New York. He established Petrie Stores Corp., which grew to more than 1,700 outlets in the United States and the Caribbean. But he was perhaps best known for helping victims of violent crime. In the mid-1980s, he gave away $30 million.

Milton S. Taylor, 86, who with his brother Ralph, converted the Caswell-Massey pharmacy from a local shop to an international toiletries giant, died Saturday in New York. Its flagship store on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan is believed to be an offspring of the oldest pharmacy in America, which opened in Newport, R.I., in 1752. The original business was probably best known for its Number 6 cologne, bought by George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette and singer Jenny Lind. The business moved to New York in 1856 and has been a Caswell-Massey pharmacy since 1926.

Samuel Lewis Francis, 71, an artist and philanthropist internationally renowned for his exuberant, spiritually charged abstract-expressionist paintings, died of complications from cancer Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. His works are in public collections in more than 40 museums in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. His 1957-1958 painting, "Towards Disappearance," brought $1.3 million at auction. He established Lapis Press in 1984 to publish books combining art with poetry, philosophy and psychology. He also founded the Sam Francis Medical Research Center, a foundation that studies communicable and environmental diseases.

Milton "Shorty" Rogers, 70, a jazz trumpeter, bandleader and arranger who helped introduce jazz scores to movies and was part of Woody Herman's "Thundering Herd," died Monday in Los Angeles. He performed with other jazz legends such as Stan Kenton and had a long career arranging or scoring films and TV shows. Along with Dave Brubeck and others, he pioneered the mid-1950s style known as West Coast jazz.

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