Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, 75, an acclaimed pianist known for demanding perfect conditions for his performances, died Monday in Lugano, Switzerland. He had requested that the cause of his death remain secret. He made a practice of taking his own piano -- or at least his personal piano tuner -- to concerts and of backing out at the slightest problem. He was best known for his interpretation of Romantic music.
Francis, 90, a New York lawyer-industrialist who specialized in the creation of corporate conglomerates, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital. He struck it rich in the late 1930s, when he and a partner won a Delaware case that resulted in the forming of what is now Pepsico. His success as an industrialist grew out of a partnership with Harry E. Gould, a New England paper merchant. They teamed to redeem a marginal steel maker as the country geared up for World War II. Their enterprise, Steel Materials Corp., landed Navy contracts and prospered. After the war, they converted to peacetime production. In 1950, they bought a defunct steel mill in Ohio and put it back in operation.