Famous Deaths in 1954

  • Jan 1 Duff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (b. 1890)
  • Jan 5 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • Jan 10 Fred Raymond, composer, dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Edgar Tytgat, Flemish painter/etcher/drawer, dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Emmy Arbous, Dutch actress/cabaret performer (Boefje), dies at 56
  • Jan 11 Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
  • Jan 13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Michail M Prishvin, Russian writer, dies
  • Jan 18 Sydney Greenstreet, actor (Conflict, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
  • Jan 19 Theodor Kaluza, German scientist (b. 1885)
  • Jan 20 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • Jan 20 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies
  • Jan 21 Billy Jenkins, dies at 69
  • Jan 26 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Paul-Marie Masson, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 31 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • Jan 31 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65
  • Feb 1 Julius P Hoste, Belgium minister/newspaper publisher, dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Theodor Rogalski, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 4 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 8 Mabel Paige, actress (Lucky Jordan), dies at 73
  • Feb 11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • Feb 12 Dziga Vertov, [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • Feb 17 Evert Gorter, children artist (Kindergeneeskunde), dies at 72
  • Feb 26 William R Inge, English theologist/philosopher, dies at 93
  • Mar 4 Georg Gohler, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Noel Gay, [Richard Moxon Armitage], composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 5 Julian Lowell Coolidge, mathematician (Study-Segre school), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Louis Zimmermann, violinist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Otto Diels, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)
  • Mar 8 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 9 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (b. 1874)
  • Mar 14 Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 15 Arthur Fickenscher, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor, dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • Mar 19 Walter Braunfels, composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Harry Lawrence Freeman, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 9 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 10 Auguste Lumière, French photograph/movie pioneer, dies at 81
  • Apr 10 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79
  • Apr 10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
  • Apr 12 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • Apr 13 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician (b. 1890)
  • Apr 15 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 17 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • Apr 25 Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • Apr 28 Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
  • Apr 29 Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier, dies at 82
  • May 1 Tom Tyler, actor (Lost Ranch, Coyote Trails), dies at 50
  • May 2 Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • May 10 George Hirst, cricketer (36,323 1st-class runs, 2739 wickets), dies
  • May 14 Heinz Guderian, German General (b. 1888)
  • May 15 William March, American writer (b. 1893)
  • May 16 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • May 16 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
  • May 19 Aart A van Schelven, church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73
  • May 19 Charles Edward Ives, US composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79
  • May 21 Janos Hammerschlag, composer, dies at 68
  • May 23 H R Bromley-Davenport, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 25 Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • May 26 Franz Pfemfert, writer, dies at 74
  • May 26 Lionel Conacher, Canadian athlete (b. 1900)
  • May 27 Herzmanovsky-Orlando, writer, dies
  • May 28 Achille Longo, composer, dies at 54
  • May 30 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian/author, dies at 67
  • Jun 1 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (b. 1869)
  • Jun 4 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • Jun 7 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), commits suicide at 41
  • Jun 10 Will Rossiter, composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Nikolai Obouhov, composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • Jun 22 Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 49
  • Jun 25 Eduard M Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Civil Code), dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 83
  • Jun 28 Red deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26
  • Jul 3 Siegfried Handloser, German physician (b. 1895)
  • Jul 6 Dirk Verbeek, actor/director (Hofstad Stage), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1877)
  • Jul 13 Irving Pichel, dies at 63
  • Jul 13 M C Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter/wife of Diego Rivera, dies at 47
  • Jul 14 Jacinto Benavente y Martinez, Spanish playwright, dies at 87
  • Jul 14 Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)
  • Jul 17 Dirk B Nanninga, painter, dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 18 George Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster, dies at 59

American Gangster George
American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • Jul 19 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 20 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), dies at 52
  • Jul 24 Mary Church Terrell, educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 Hans Lodeizen, [Johan Frederik], poet (Travel to Congo), dies at 26
  • Jul 29 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • Jul 31 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Aug 1 Charles-A Cingria, writer, dies
  • Aug 2 Rene Amengual, composer, dies at 42

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Colette, [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist (Vagabonde), dies at 81

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • Aug 6 Theo[by] Van Reijn, sculptor/drawer/lithograph, dies at 70 [or 8/10]
  • Aug 8 Gino Tagliapietra, composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 11 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)
  • Aug 13 Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 14 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, dies at 86

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener
  • Aug 17 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • Aug 19 Alcide de Gasperi, Italian premier (1945..53), dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 Getulio D Vargas, President and dictator of Brazil: 1930-45, 51-54, suicide at 71

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • Sep 3 Eugene Pallette, actor (It's a Date, My Man Godfrey), dies at 65
  • Sep 5 Eugen Schiffer, German politician (b. 1860)
  • Sep 7 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1885)
  • Sep 9 Alfred Gradstein, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 10 Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies
  • Sep 11 Licinio Refice, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 19 Tibor Harsanyi, composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 21 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
  • Sep 24 Edward Pilgrim, British suicide hastened by bureaucracy (b. 1904)
  • Sep 25 Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, Spanish essayist/philosopher, dies at 71
  • Sep 26 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (b. 1868)
  • Sep 28 Bert Lytell, actor (Henry-One Man's Family), dies at 69
  • Sep 30 Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • Oct 3 Herbert Prior, actor (Pollyanna), dies at 87
  • Oct 5 Flor Alpaerts, Flem composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel/Pallieter), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Hakon Borresen, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • Oct 12 George Welch, American pilot (b. 1918)
  • Oct 20 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • Oct 22 Prosper Cocquyt, Belgian brewer/pilot, dies at 54
  • Oct 22 Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet (b. 1899)
  • Oct 23 Henri Zagwijn, composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 26 Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
  • Oct 27 Franco Alfano, Italian (opera)composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • Oct 27 Frank Druce, cricketer (252 runs in 5 Tests for England), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 3 Henri E B Matisse, French painter/sculptor (Dance II), dies at 84

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • Nov 4 Stig H Dagerman, Swedish author (Burned Child), dies at 31
  • Nov 10 Hussein Fatemi, Iran Foreign minister, executed
  • Nov 11 John Rosamund Johnson, composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 13 Fay Baker, actress (Sorority Girl), dies at 60
  • Nov 15 Lionel Barrymore, [Blythe], actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), dies at 76
  • Nov 16 Albert Francis Blakeslee, American Botanist, dies at 80
  • Nov 19 Walter Bartley Wilson, founding member of Cardiff City F.C. (b. 1870)
  • Nov 21 Karol Rathaus, composer, dies at 59
  • Nov 21 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 69
  • Nov 22 Andrej J Vysjinski, Russian UN ambassador, dies at 70
  • Nov 22 Moroni Olsen, actor (Possessed), dies at 65
  • Nov 22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • Nov 26 Bill Doak, former Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1891)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 28 Enrico Fermi, Italian/US nuclear physicist (Nobel 1938), dies of stomach cancer at 53

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • Nov 29 George Edward Robey, English comic/actor (Henry IV), dies at 85
  • Nov 29 Dink Johnson, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Nov 30 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (b. 1886)
  • Dec 1 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (b. 1897)
  • Dec 3 Enrique Soro Barriga, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • Dec 8 Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50
  • Dec 13 John Raymond Hubbell, American writer (b. 1879)
  • Dec 20 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 20 James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54
  • Dec 23 René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
  • Dec 25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • Dec 25 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96
  • Dec 25 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75