Famous Deaths in February 1961

  • Feb 2 Adolf Vogl, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 3 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese American movie star (Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), dies at 56
  • Feb 3 Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Anthony G de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Archibald T Davison, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 8 William Duncan, actor (Hopalong Rides Again), dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Grigory Levenfish, Russian International chess grandmaster, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor/director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34
  • Feb 14 Wallis Clark, actress (Easy Money), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Jack Whiting, actor (Top Speed, Life of the Party), dies at 59
  • Feb 15 Marubel Vinaon Owen, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1932), dies
  • Feb 15 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), dies at 49
  • Feb 17 Nita Naldi, actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
  • Feb 20 Otto E Huiswoud, [Frank Billings], editor (Negro Worker), dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78
  • Feb 21 Blaise Cendrars, [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Switz, poet, dies at 73
  • Feb 22 George de Cuevas, Chilean-born ballet impresario and choreographer (Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas), dies at 75 or 76
  • Feb 22 Nick LaRocca, American jazz musician (b. 1889)
  • Feb 23 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies
  • Feb 26 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Mohammed V, ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
  • Feb 27 Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1912), dies
  • Feb 28 Joris Vriamont, Flemish writer/music publisher, dies at 64