Famous Deaths in May 1939

  • May 3 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, German general, dies at 71
  • May 11 Evgenii Miller, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1867)
  • May 20 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • May 22 Ernst Toller, German playwright, commits suicide at 45
  • May 22 Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • May 26 Charles H Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74
  • May 26 Cornelis J Cutters, supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies
  • May 27 Joseph Roth, Austria journalist (Fluctuate ohne Ende), dies at 44
  • May 29 Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (b. 1865)
  • May 30 Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)