Nicholas D'Agostino,86, founder of New York's D'Agostino...


June 26, 1996

Nicholas D'Agostino,86, founder of New York's D'Agostino Supermarkets and winner of a Horatio Alger Award for his rags-to-riches life, died Sunday in New York after a long illness.

He rose from humble beginnings in Bugnara, Italy, to become chairman of one of the country's most successful supermarket chains. In 1932, he and his brother Pasquale combined their savings to open the first store in the state to offer meat, produce, baked goods, dairy products and groceries under the same roof.

The business thrived and eventually expanded into a chain of 24 D'Agostino Supermarkets throughout New York City and suburban Westchester County.

Rep. Bill Emerson,58, a Missouri Republican who was trying to run for re-election while battling inoperable lung cancer, died Saturday at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. He was a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee.

Adm. Bernard A. Clarey,84, a former vice chief of naval operations who commanded U.S. naval might in the Pacific as the country sought to extricate itself from the quagmire of war in Indochina, died Saturday of a heart attack in Honolulu.

Hugh Speer,90, an educator and principal witness in the landmark racial desegregation case Brown vs. Board of Education, died Friday in Merriam, Kan. At the request of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he conducted a survey for the 1954 Brown case on how public education for blacks differed from that provided for whites. His report concluded that "the more heterogeneous the group in which children participate, the better they can function."

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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