Fred Pressman, 73, who transformed Barneys New York from a...


July 16, 1996

Fred Pressman, 73, who transformed Barneys New York from a men's discount shop into a bastion of urban chic, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his New York home. Mr. Pressman began running Barneys in the late 1950s after taking over the business from his father, Barney Pressman, who opened the store in 1923. The younger Mr. Pressman, with his father's blessing, discarded the discount suits and brought in clothes made by then-obscure new designers.

Jean Rodolphe de Salis, 94, a historian and journalist whose independent radio commentary during World War II earned him the nickname "the voice of Switzerland," died Sunday at his home near Zurich, Switzerland.

Thomas Sandefur Jr., 56, a former chairman of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., who once testified to Congress that he did not believe nicotine was addictive, died Sunday in Louisville, Ky., after a long battle with aplastic anemia. Mr.

Sandefur was among the chief executive officers of the nation's six major cigarette companies who testified before Congress in 1994 that they did not think nicotine is addictive.

Pub Date: 7/16/96


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