Famous Deaths in December 1979

  • Dec 2 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (b. 1905)
  • Dec 4 Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
  • Dec 5 Sonia Delaunay, Russian born French artist, dies at 94
  • Dec 7 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, 1st woman full prof at Harvard U, dies
  • Dec 7 Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • Dec 7 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • Dec 9 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • Dec 10 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • Dec 10 Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
  • Dec 11 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • Dec 11 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • Dec 13 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • Dec 14 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies
  • Dec 15 Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • Dec 21 Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies
  • Dec 22 Darryl F Zanuck, film producer (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  • Dec 24 Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
  • Dec 25 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • Dec 25 Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), dies at 64
  • Dec 25 Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • Dec 27 Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered
  • Dec 30 Richard Rodgers, composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77