A. Darius Davis, the last surviving founder of the Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. s
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A. Darius Davis, the last surviving founder of the Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. supermarket chain, died of a stroke Sunday. He was 89.
Davis’ father, William M. Davis, opened Table Supply Stores, the company’s first store, in Miami in 1925. Davis and his three brothers helped get the store started. In 1955, the company became Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.
A.D. Davis became the chain’s president and director in 1939. He retired in 1965 and served on the board of directors from 1954 until his death.
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based company now operates 1,186 stores in 14 southern states and is the nation’s fifth largest supermarket chain and the largest in the Sunbelt.
Arthur J. Kropp
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Arthur J. Kropp, president of People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group that was created to preserve the separation between church and state, died of AIDS on Monday. He was 37.
Kropp was appointed president of the group in 1987. As its national spokesman and director, Kropp was a frequent guest on national television and radio shows and wrote numerous opinion articles for newspapers.
Kropp led the organization through some turbulent congressional battles, including the failed Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, attempts to amend the Constitution to ban flag-burning and the 1991 Civil Rights Act.
In 1979, he joined the staff of the Republican National Committee in Washington. He became political director of the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1982 and joined People for the American Way as membership director in 1984.
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) _ Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, an acclaimed pianist known for demanding perfect conditions for his performances, died Monday. He was 75.
Michelangeli had requested that the cause of death remain secret.
Best known for his interpretation of Romantic music, he was particularly noted for his recordings of Debussy. Other recordings range from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
Born in Brescia, Italy, Michelangeli was only 14 when he graduated from Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory. He was 19 when he won the first International Music Contest at Geneva in 1939, and in 1949, he was chosen as the official pianist for the 100th anniversary of Chopin’s death.
He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1948, with the New York Philharmonic and played there seven times, the last performance a recital in 1968.
Michelangeli made a practice of bringing his own piano, or at least his personal piano tuner, to concerts, and of backing out at the slightest problem.
He gave his last performance in London in 1990.
PARIS (AP) _ Jeanne-Marie Ruth-Rolland, the first woman presidential candidate in Africa, died June 4. She was 58.
The cause of death was not known.
A former teacher, Ruth-Rolland gained prominence in the Central African Republic in 1979, when she became the prime minister’s adviser on women.
Known as ``Aunt Ruth″ for her advocacy on behalf of the streetchildren in Bangui, the republic’s capital, she was jailed in 1986 for her outspoken views. When she was freed in 1991, she founded the Central African Republican Party and in 1992 was among victors in the republic’s first pluralist legislative elections.
The elections were declared void by Gen. Andre Kolingba’s regime, but Ruth-Rolland was named minister for social affairs. She remained in government until 1993, when she became the first female presidential candidate in African history.
She did not make it past the first round of presidential voting, but was later elected deputy of Bakouma in the eastern part of the country.
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) _ Sigfried Weis, philanthropist and co-chairman of Weis Markets Inc., died Sunday after a long illness. He was 79.
Weis’ grandfather, Sigfried Weis, opened a general store in Sunbury, Pa., in 1870. His sons, Sigmund and Harry, formed Weis Pure Food Stores Inc. in 1912, which later became Weis Markets Inc.
Sigfried Weis served as president from 1961 to 1994, when he became co-chairman.
During his tenure, the company started the Weis Food Service Business, selling quantity foods to restaurants, nursing homes and hospitals.
Weis was known for his gifts to institutions and universities, including a $10 million gift in 1991 to help build the new Children’s Hospital at Geisinger University.
Weis Markets, based in Sunbury, has stores in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.