Edmund Mirassou,78, patriarch of one of the country's...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 27, 1996

Edmund Mirassou,78, patriarch of one of the country's largest family-owned winemaking operations, died Wednesday in San Jose, Calif.

He took over the Mirassou vineyard in 1937 -- a few years after Prohibition ended -- and ran it for 30 years with his brother, Norbert, who died in 1992. Their great-grandfather, Pierre Pellier, started the business in the 1850s after bringing vine cuttings from France.

Edmund and Norbert Mirassou pioneered several techniques, including an overhead sprinkling system that made it possible to grow vines in arid Monterey County.

The brothers' success -- with the Wente Bros. and Paul Masson wineries -- helped build the central coast's reputation as an important winemaking region.

Kenneth Hollister Straus,71, the last of the Straus family to be a top executive of R. H. Macy Co., died Wednesday in New York after a brief illness. The Straus family headed the New York department store chain from soon after its founding in 1858, when Lazarus Straus, an immigrant from Germany, became a partner with Rowland Hussey Macy. The family remained at the helm until 1968, when Straus' father, Jack I. Straus, gave up his position as chairman and chief executive of Macy's.

Mikael L. Tariverdiyev, a Russian composer who wrote the music for more than 80 movies, died Thursday of a heart attack in Moscow. His age was not immediately available. He was best known for his film scores, especially "Seventeen Moments of Spring" and "Irony of Fate." He also wrote symphonies, operas, ballets and songs.

Pub Date: 7/27/96

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