Joseph S. Bruno, 83, who built a tiny downtown grocery...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 24, 1996

Joseph S. Bruno, 83, who built a tiny downtown grocery store into a $3 billion grocery and pharmacy chain that included the Piggly Wiggly and Food Fair supermarkets, died Sunday in Birmingham, Ala.

He and his brother Sam opened their first grocery store in 1932 with an initial investment of $600. The business eventually expanded into a chain of 254 supermarkets along the East Coast with more than 27,000 employees.

The chain, which operated stores under such names as Bruno's, Food Max and Food World, was sold last year in a $1.15 billion buyout. The family retained the Big B pharmacy chain.

Kaj Birksted, 80, the Danish fighter pilot ace who flew with Britain's Royal Air Force in World War II and helped plan the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy, died Sunday of natural causes in London.

Richard Cobb, 78, an Oxford University historian hailed as a leading authority on the French Revolution of 1789, died Jan. 15 in Abingdon, near Oxford, England, after a long illness.

Anton Myrer, 73, an author whose novels focused on war and the loss of America's innocence, died Friday of leukemia in Saugerties, N.Y. He was best known as the author of "The Last Convertible," "Once an Eagle" and "The Big War," which was made into the 1958 movie "In Love and War."

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