Famous Deaths in December 1979

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