Famous Deaths in 1962

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  • Jan 1st Diego Martínez Barrio, Spanish president (1939), dies at 76
  • Jan 4th Hans Lammers, German SS officer (b. 1879)
  • Jan 6th Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • Jan 9th LeRoy B Shield, US pianist/composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • Jan 12th Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), killed in auto crash at 42
  • Jan 12th Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 12th Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist (b. 1869)
  • Jan 13th Ernie Kovacs, comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42
  • Jan 15th Kenneth MacKenna, actor (Men Without Women), dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 16th Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • Jan 16th Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor (b. 1883)
  • Jan 16th Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • Jan 17th Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • Jan 18th Raymond Moulaert, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 19th Snub Pollard, actor (Limelight, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 20th Robinson Jeffers, poet/playwright (Dear Judas), dies at 75
  • Jan 21st Andre Lhote, French painter/art historian, dies at 76
  • Jan 24th Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62
  • Jan 24th Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)

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Jan 26th Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • Jan 26th Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 29th Fritz Kreisler, Austria/US violinist/composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 30th Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (b. 1894)
  • Feb 3rd Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • Feb 5th Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • Feb 7th Arthur Carr, cricketer (11 Tests for Eng 22-29), dies shovelling snow
  • Feb 7th Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10th Willem Paerels, Neth/Belgian painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • Feb 15th Vladimir Sokoloff, actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • Feb 17th Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • Feb 17th Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • Feb 19th Albert Israel Elkus, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 19th Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • Feb 20th Halliwell Hobbes, dies at 64
  • Feb 25th Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • Feb 26th Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 27th Willie Best, actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • Feb 28th Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Mar 1st Roscoe Ates, actor (Dep Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass), dies at 70
  • Mar 2nd Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)
  • Mar 4th Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • Mar 4th George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)
  • Mar 5th Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • Mar 5th Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 6th Rezso Kokai, composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 9th Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11th Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • Mar 15th Sam Wren, actor (Wren's Nest), dies at 64
  • Mar 16th John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 17th Frank Orth, actor (Boston Blackie, The Brothers), dies at 82
  • Mar 18th Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • Mar 20th C Wright Mills, US sociologist (Power Elite), dies at 45

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Mar 20th A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) dies at 94

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • Mar 22nd Aura Abranches, Port actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio), dies at 65
  • Mar 23rd Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • Mar 23rd Val Paul, producer (F-Man), dies at 73
  • Mar 24th Jean Goldkette, Greek-born musician (b. 1899)
  • Mar 25th Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • Mar 26th Marjorie Colton, inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • Mar 26th Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies at 72
  • Mar 28th Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • Apr 3rd Benny "Kid" Paret, US welterweight boxer, dies after fight, at 24
  • Apr 3rd Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 4th James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • Apr 6th J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • Apr 9th Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70
  • Apr 10th Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist (Beatles), dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
  • Apr 10th Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • Apr 12th Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Indian politician and engineer (b. 1861)
  • Apr 12th Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 13th Culbert Olson, American politician (b. 1876)
  • Apr 15th Clara Blandick, committed suicide at 80
  • Apr 15th Esther Minciotti, dies at 74
  • Apr 15th Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (b. 1911)
  • Apr 17th Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • Apr 20th Arthur Harmat, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 20th Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • Apr 21st Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • Apr 22nd Solomon Pimsleur, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 22nd Vera Reynolds, actress (Dragnet Patrol, Lawless Woman), dies at 62
  • Apr 27th A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (b. 1873)
  • May 5th Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies
  • May 7th Jimmy Conlin, dies at 77
  • May 11th Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), dies at 83
  • May 12th Dick Calkins, co-author (Buck Rogers), dies at 67
  • May 13th Frank Jenks, actor (Colonel Flack), dies of cancer at 60
  • May 13th Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • May 13th H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
  • May 14th Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
  • May 19th Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
  • May 31st Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56
  • May 31st Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67
  • May 31st Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874)
  • Jun 2nd Franc S Finzgar, Slovic writer (Service Girls), dies
  • Jun 2nd Vita Sackville-West, English writer and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • Jun 4th William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • Jun 4th Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • Jun 6th Guinn Williams, actor (Big Boy-Circus Boy), dies of poisoning at 63
  • Jun 6th Yves Klein, French sculptor/painter, dies at 34
  • Jun 9th Henry Kendall, actor (Shadow, Romance & Riches), dies at 65
  • Jun 12th John N Ireland, English composer/pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • Jun 13th Eugene Goossens, British composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • Jun 14th Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim
  • Jun 14th Mykhaylo Verikivsky, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 15th Alfred Cortot, French pianist, dies at 84
  • Jun 18th Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Bruckner), dies at 82
  • Jun 19th Frank Borzage, US, director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), dies at 69
  • Jun 24th Lucile Watson, actress (Great Lie, Model Wife, Florian), dies at 83
  • Jun 25th Ephraim Lisitsky, Hebrew poet, dies
  • Jun 27th Paul Viiding, Estonian poet (b. 1904)
  • Jun 28th Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher, dies at 59
  • Jun 30th Caspar Neher, German set designer/librettist, dies at 65
  • Jul 4th Rex Bell, actor/lt-gov (Nevada), dies of heart attack at 56

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Jul 6th William Faulkner, US author (Nobel 1949), dies at 64

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • Jul 6th Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (b. 1872)
  • Jul 6th Georg, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1899)
  • Jul 8th Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • Jul 9th Louis A van Gasteren, Dutch actor (Willem van Oranje), dies at 74
  • Jul 12th Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
  • Jul 16th Jan M Romein, historian (Breaking of Two Ages), dies
  • Jul 20th Andre Renard, Belgium worker's union leader (MSU), dies at 51
  • Jul 20th George MacAulay Trevelyan, English royal historian, dies at 86
  • Jul 24th Victor Moore, comedian, dies of heart attack at 86
  • Jul 25th Thibaudeau Rinfret, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice (b. 1879)
  • Jul 27th Edward Godfrey Richard Aldington, novelist/biographer, dies
  • Jul 27th Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 27th James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (b. 1895)
  • Jul 27th Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), dies at 61
  • Jul 30th Myron McCormick, actor (China Girl, Jigsaw), dies of cancer at 54
  • Aug 1st Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62

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Aug 5th Marilyn Monroe, found dead of apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

  • Aug 7th Morris Louis, US painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49

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Aug 9th Hermann Hesse, German/Swiss poet/author (Nobel 1946), dies at 85

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • Aug 10th Ted Husing, sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • Aug 15th Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17th Peter Fechter trying to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1944)
  • Aug 18th Cleo Ridgely, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), dies at 68
  • Aug 19th Kerstin Hesselgren, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • Aug 23rd Hoot Gibson, silent screen cowboy actor (Last Outlaw), dies at 70
  • Aug 23rd Irving Fine, composer (Toccata), dies at 47
  • Aug 23rd Walter Anderson, German folklorist (b. 1885)
  • Aug 24th Henry George Ley, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 27th Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 2nd William Wilkerson, Founder of the Hollywood Reporter, The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and nightclubs such as Ciro's (b. 1890)
  • Sep 3rd Anton Mauve, Dutch painter, dies at 63
  • Sep 3rd E. E. Cummings, American poet (Tulips & Chimneys), dies at 67
  • Sep 4th William Clothier, American tennis player (US Open-1906) and 1st president of tennis hall of fame, dies at 80
  • Sep 6th Hanns Eisler, composer (N Vietnam/E German National Anthem), dies at 64
  • Sep 6th Seiichiro Kashio, Japanese tennis player (b. 1892)
  • Sep 7th Karen Blixen-Finecke, Danish baroness/writer (Isak Dinesen - Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • Sep 7th Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • Sep 7th Isak Dinesen, Danish author (b. 1885)
  • Sep 8th Hermann Standiger, German chemist (Nobel 1953), dies at 84
  • Sep 9th Pat Rooney, vaudevillian (Night club), dies at 82
  • Sep 14th Marcel Delannoy, composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 16th Saif al-Islam Achmad, monarch of Yemen, dies at about 71
  • Sep 18th Therese Neumann, German stigma, dies at 64
  • Sep 19th Pogodin, writer, dies
  • Sep 27th Francisco Brochado da Rocha, PM of Brazil (1962), dies at 52
  • Sep 29th Patrick Corry, developed self-rotating rock drill, dies in the Bronx
  • Oct 2nd Frank Lovejoy, actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies at 48
  • Oct 2nd Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  • Oct 4th E H Hendren, cricketer (57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), dies
  • Oct 4th John Lowry, Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder, dies at 79
  • Oct 6th Tod Browning, American film director (b. 1880)
  • Oct 7th Mauritius Dekker, [Boris Robazki], writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • Oct 8th Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer
  • Oct 9th Lulu McConnell, comediene (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • Oct 11th Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian Botanist who was one of three scientists to independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, dies at 90
  • Oct 16th Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78
  • Oct 17th Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • Oct 26th Louise Beavers, actress (Beulah-Beulah), dies at 64
  • Oct 27th Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate, dies at 58
  • Oct 27th Fatso Marco, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • Oct 27th Rudolph Anderson, U-2 pilot, shot down over Cuba
  • Oct 28th Pierre Froidebise, composer, dies at 48
  • Oct 29th Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 1st Winter Haynes Watts, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 1st Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1942)
  • Nov 2nd Felice Lattuada, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 3rd Harlow H Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), dies at 69

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Nov 7th Eleanor Roosevelt, 1st Lady (1933-1945), dies at 78 in NYC

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
US First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Nov 11th Joseph Allen Jr, actor (All Women Have Secrets), dies at 44
  • Nov 11th René Coty, President of France , dies at 80
  • Nov 12th Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer, dies at 68
  • Nov 12th Sid Tomack, actor (Gillis-Life of Riley, My Friend Irma), dies at 55
  • Nov 14th Manuel Galvez, Argentina writer/poet (Hombres & Soledad), dies at 80
  • Nov 17th Arthur Vining Davis, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95 in Miami
  • Nov 18th Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), dies at 63

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Nov 18th Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (atom, Nobel 1922), dies at 77

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • Nov 20th Jasper McLevy, socialist mayor of Bridgeport Ct, dies
  • Nov 23rd Gloria Gordon, actress (My Friend Irma), dies at 81
  • Nov 23rd Herman J Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), dies at 62
  • Nov 24th James J Kilroy, tank inspector (Kilroy was here), dies at 60
  • Nov 26th Albert P Sarraut, Indo-China premier (1933, 36), dies at 90
  • Nov 28th Wilhelmina HPM, queen of the Netherlands (1898-1948), dies at 82
  • Nov 29th Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood NJ
  • Dec 7th Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • Dec 12th Sid Saylor, actor (Wally-Waterfront), dies at 67
  • Dec 13th Harry Barris, American popular singer (b. 1905)