Famous Deaths in December 1971

  • Dec 1 Arthur B Springarn, US NAACP chairman (1940-65), dies at 93
  • Dec 4 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of SF Zen Center, dies
  • Dec 5 Hugh Wakefield, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Blithe Spirit), dies at 83
  • Dec 6 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 6 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Plough), dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Milton Rosmer, director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90

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Dec 9 Ralph Bunche, American UN delegate, first person of color to win Nobel Peace Prize winner (1950), dies at 67

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • Dec 9 Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor (b. 1874)
  • Dec 10 Jozef MLT Cals, Dutch min of Education/premier (1965-66), dies at 57
  • Dec 11 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • Dec 12 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), dies at 80
  • Dec 12 Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), commits suicide at 43
  • Dec 12 Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated
  • Dec 12 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Dog of Pavlov), dies at 47
  • Dec 13 Max Mell, Austria artillery officer/literary, dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 15 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • Dec 18 Aleksandr T Tvardovski, Russ editor in chief (Novyj Mir), dies at 61

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Dec 18 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Dec 18 Diana Lynn, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), dies at 45
  • Dec 20 Roy O Disney, brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78
  • Dec 22 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans, Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58
  • Dec 22 Renee Evans, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 63
  • Dec 23 Carlo Jachino, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 25 Byron Arnold, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Robert Lowery, actor (Circus Boy, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 57
  • Dec 28 Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 29 Stuart Holmes, dies of stomach ailment at 87
  • Dec 30 Dorothy Comingore [Linda Winters], American actress (Citizen Kane), dies after illness at 58
  • Dec 30 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 30 Melba Rae, American actress (Search for Tomorrow) (b. 1922)
  • Dec 31 Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31
  • Dec 31 Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
  • Dec 31 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
  • Dec 31 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)