Famous Deaths in December 1978

  • Dec 3 William Grant Still, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 4 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists, dies at 76
  • Dec 7 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 8 Golda Meir, Israel's PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80
  • Dec 10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • Dec 10 Miura Isshu, Zen teacher, Hakuin Rinzai line, dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • Dec 11 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Dec 12 Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • Dec 12 Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish diplomat, writer, historian and pacifist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 15 Chill Wills, actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27 Bob de Lange, Dutch actor/director (Daniel), dies at 62
  • Dec 27 Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), dies at 27 in car crash
  • Dec 27 Houari Boum├ędienne, President of Algeria (b. 1932)
  • Dec 28 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82