Milestones, Aug. 16, 1976

Died. Gregor Piatigorsky, 73, Russian-born cello virtuoso; after a long illness; in Los Angeles. First cellist of Moscow's Imperial Theater at 14, Piatigorsky moved to the U.S. and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1929. After 1962 he taught at the University of Southern California along with his friend Jascha Heifetz. An enormous man with huge hands, Piatigorsky was a master of the sweeping line and romantic phrasing. A performer, he said, must constantly strive "to make the music as good as it really is." -

Died. Monroe Jackson Rathbone, 76, former president, board chairman and chief executive officer...

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