Famous Deaths in March 1981

  • Mar 2 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • Mar 4 Torin Thatcher, actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), dies
  • Mar 4 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • Mar 5 Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 George Geary, cricketer (14 Tests for England, 46 wickets), dies
  • Mar 6 Klaus Grabowski, child molester, shot by parent
  • Mar 7 John Gnagy, artist (Learn to Draw), dies at 73
  • Mar 7 Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin, Russian conductor/composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 9 Max Delbrück, German-American biologist and molecular geneticist (bacteriophage, Nobel Prize 1969), dies at 74
  • Mar 14 Ken Barrington, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
  • Mar 15 René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • Mar 17 Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Mar 22 James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, dies at 77
  • Mar 26 Tim Wall, cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies
  • Mar 27 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 29 Eric Williams, 1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (People's National Movement: 1962-81), dies at 79
  • Mar 30 Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
  • Mar 30 Noel Harford, cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies
  • Mar 31 Enid Bagnold, British playwright (b. 1889)