Pierre Franey, 75, the French chef who...

Pierre Franey, 75, the French chef who became the "60-Minute Gourmet," died early yesterday.

Best known for the quick-cooking column and his 20-year collaboration with Craig Claiborne of the New York Times, Mr. Franey became ill while traveling from France aboard the Queen Elizabeth II. He was treated by the ship's doctor and entered the hospital in Southampton, N.Y., when the ship docked Monday. He apparently suffered a stroke.


He was born in Tonnerre, France, and moved to the United States in 1939 to work at the restaurant at the French pavilion at the New York World's Fair. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he joined the staff at the landmark New York restaurant Le Pavillion, generally acknowledged to be the first great French restaurant in America.

It was while he was working at Le Pavillion that he met Mr. Claiborne. They began developing recipes together for the food pages of the Times in the early 1960s. Before their collaboration ended in the early '80s, they had published at least 20 books together, Mr. Claiborne said.


"He knew all the aspects of cuisine, no matter what," Mr. Claiborne said. "I could say, 'Pierre, let's do something with this kind of fish,' and he'd say, 'We could do this or that.' Then we'd get in the kitchen and cook together. What would come out would be perfection."

Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr., 76, a former New Jersey state senator known as the "father of the Meadowlands," died Saturday in Boston.

He was the son of Col. Fairleigh S. Dickinson, a founder of Fairleigh Dickinson University and Becton, Dickinson and Co., the hospital supply titan.

The younger Dickinson, a Republican, served in the New Jersey Senate from 1968 to 1971. He sponsored the law creating the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission for the development of the area -- about 21,000 acres of Hackensack River meadowlands.

Pub Date: 10/16/96