Sam Aaron,84, who owned one of the world's best-known...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 03, 1996

Sam Aaron,84, who owned one of the world's best-known retail wine shops, died Wednesday in New York. His son, Peter H. Aaron, said his father had spinal cancer but died of respiratory failure.

The elder Mr. Aaron retired in 1990 as chairman of Sherry Lehmann Inc., which owns Sherry Lehmann Wine and Spirits. His reputation reached far beyond the store's location on New York's Madison Avenue, where he and his brother set up shop in 1934. His buying trips to Europe were major wine events because vintners and chateau owners knew his store was a key to the American market.

With James Beard, Mr. Aaron wrote "How to Eat Better for Less Money" in 1968. In 1970, he edited the "Wines and Spirits" volume in a Time-Life series on food. In 1976, he joined Clifton Fadiman in compiling "The Joys of Wine," a collection of articles by experts and enthusiasts.

Howard R. Gill Jr.,73, a founder and for 35 years publisher of Golf Digest magazine, died of cancer Tuesday in Fairfield, Conn. Mr. Gill co-founded the magazine in the early 1950s. It became a full-size national publication in 1957, was sold to the New York Times Co. in 1969 and reached 1 million circulation in 1980.

Magda Schneider,87, a German film and stage star who later appeared in movies and a television series with her daughter, Romy Schneider, died of heart disease Thursday in Schoenau, Germany. She was a film and stage star in Germany and Austria in the 1930s, specializing in light romantic leads. She made more than 70 films.

Pub Date: 8/03/96

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