Franciszek Gajowniczek, 94, who spent years paying homage...


March 15, 1995

Franciszek Gajowniczek, 94, who spent years paying homage to a Franciscan monk who died in place of him at Auschwitz, died Monday in Warsaw, Poland. In July 1941, the Nazis selected him and nine other men to die of starvation as punishment for another prisoner's escape. After listening to Mr. Gajowniczek speak of his wife and two sons, the Rev. Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to die in his place.

Father Kolbe survived more than 14 days in a starvation bunker with no food or water. The Nazis ended his life in August 1941 with a lethal injection. He was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1982.

Mr. Gajowniczek spent five years, five months and nine days in Auschwitz. His sons died in 1945 during a Soviet bombardment at the end of the war.

Howard S. Meighan, 88, a CBS Inc. executive who helped introduce the use of videotape, died March 8 of cardiac arrest in New York. In the 1950s, when television was mostly live, he was among those trying to find a way to record programs for broadcast quickly and inexpensively. CBS, under his guidance, was one of the first to buy a system from Ampex Corp. that recorded sound and pictures on magnetic tape and could play them back immediately.

Nancy Rash, 54, an author and former chairwoman of the art history department at Connecticut College, died Monday of cancer in Guilford, Conn. She was a specialist in 19th-century American art and Italian Renaissance painting and sculpture. Her book "The Painting and Politics of George Caleb Bingham" was published in 1991.

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