Famous Deaths in May 1961

  • May 2 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies
  • May 3 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher, dies at 53
  • May 4 Anita Stewart, dies of heart attack at 66
  • May 6 Lucian Blaga, philosopher/poet (Transcendental censor), dies at 65
  • May 8 James Fairfax, actor (Gale Storm Show), dies at 63
  • May 13 Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60
  • May 16 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (b. 1881)
  • May 17 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
  • May 17 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • May 18 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • May 19 Joe Howard, singer (Gay Nineties Revue), dies at 94
  • May 20 Josef "Pips" Priller, German fighter ace (b. 1915)
  • May 22 Joan Davis, actress (I Married Joan), dies of heart attack at 53
  • May 23 Joan Davis, comedic actress (I Married Joan), dies at 53
  • May 29 Uuno Kalervo Klami, composer, dies at 60
  • May 30 Rafael L Trujillo Molina, dictator Dom Rep (1930-61), murdered at 69
  • May 31 Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)