Olga Spessivtzeva, a Russian ballerina acclaimed as one of the finest interpreters of "Giselle," died Monday of pneumonia in Valley Cottage, N.Y. She was 96. Miss Spessivtzeva danced with the Maryinsky Ballet, now known as the Kirov, and with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. She gave her last performance in 1937.
Zino Francescatti, a violinist who was one of France's most celebrated classical musicians, died Tuesday at his home in France. Mr. Francescatti, who was 89, made his debut at the Paris Opera in 1925 and quickly became a featured soloist in European capitals. Often teaming up with French pianist Robert Casadesus, Mr. Francescatti played for Herbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Dimitri Mitropoulos and Pierre Boulez. He made several recordings of classical and romantic music.
Willard Ernest Eldridge, a 1979 national poster child for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday at age 19 in Great Falls, Mont. He also served as Montana's poster child, representing victims of muscular dystrophy, a hereditary disease which the muscles waste away, from 1979 to 1984.
Joseph A. Ferretti, a former San Quentin prison guard who escorted 126 prisoners to the gas chamber, died last Thursday in Petaluma, Calif., at age 87. Mr. Ferretti spent the final night with the inmates, playing cards, getting them whatever they wanted for dinner or bringing them cigarettes. Then he would walk with them to the gas chamber.