Famous Deaths in May 1988

  • 1st Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • 1st Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • 3rd Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  • 3rd Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • 5th George Rose, actor (Devil's Disciple, Hideaways), dies at 68
  • 5th Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • 5th Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • 7th Harris Glenn Divine, dies of natural causes at 42
  • 8th Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 10th Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (b. 1902)

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11th Kim Philby, British spy/Soviet mole, dies at 76

  • 13th Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • 14th Willem Drees, PM of Netherland (1948-58), dies at 101
  • 15th Andrew Duggan, actor (Jigsaw, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 64
  • 15th Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
  • 16th Kay Baxter, best bodybuilder in the world (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
  • 16th Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • 16th Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • 18th Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • 19th Virginia Farmer, actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • 21st Dino Conte Grandi, Italy, delegate to league of nations, dies at 92
  • 21st Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • 22nd Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • 22nd Giorgio Almirante, Italy, fascist (member of parliament), dies at 73
  • 23rd David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • 24th James "Hamish" Hamilton, Brit publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • 24th Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • 25th Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 27th Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 27th Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • 27th Renato Salvatori, actor (Burn, Luna, 2 Women), dies
  • 30th Ella Raines, actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact), dies at 66