Famous Deaths in 1954

  • Jan 1 Duff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (b. 1890)
  • Jan 5 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • Jan 10 Fred Raymond, Austrian composer, dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Emmy Arbous, Dutch actress/cabaret performer (Boefje), dies at 56
  • Jan 11 Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
  • Jan 13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Michail M Prishvin, Russian writer, dies
  • Jan 18 Sydney Greenstreet, British actor (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
  • Jan 19 Theodor Kaluza, German mathematician and physicist (Kaluza-Klein theory), dies at 68
  • Jan 20 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • Jan 20 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies
  • Jan 26 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Paul-Marie Masson, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 31 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • Jan 31 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65

  • Feb 1 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister and daily newspaper publisher (Last News), dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Theodor Rogalski, Romanian composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 4 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 8 Mabel Paige, actress (Lucky Jordan), dies at 73
  • Feb 11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • Feb 12 Dziga Vertov, [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Frederick Lewis Allen, American social historian and editor of Harper's Magazine, dies at 63
  • Feb 17 Evert Gorter, children artist (Kindergeneeskunde), dies at 72
  • Feb 26 William Inge, English author, theologist and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, dies at 93
  • Mar 4 Georg Göhler, German composer (Rückert), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), dies at 55
  • Mar 5 Julian Coolidge, American mathematician (Study-Segre school), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Otto Diels, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)
  • Mar 8 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 9 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Ludomir Michał Rogowski, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 15 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor, dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • Mar 19 Walter Braunfels, composer, dies at 71

  • Mar 21 Harry Lawrence Freeman, African-American composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 9 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 10 Auguste Lumière, French photograph and movie pioneer, dies at 81
  • Apr 10 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79
  • Apr 10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater, dies at 65
  • Apr 12 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • Apr 13 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician (b. 1890)
  • Apr 15 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 17 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • Apr 25 Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • Apr 28 Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
  • Apr 29 Ernst Heldring, Dutch ship owner and financier, dies at 82
  • May 1 Tom Tyler [Vincent Markowsky], American actor (Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), dies from heart failure at 50
  • May 2 Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • May 10 George Hirst, cricketer (36,323 1st-class runs, 2739 wickets), dies
  • May 14 Heinz Guderian, German General (b. 1888)
  • May 15 William March, American writer (Company K), dies at 60
  • May 16 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • May 16 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
  • May 19 Aart A van Schelven, church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73
  • May 19 Charles Ives, American composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79
  • May 21 Janos Hammerschlag, composer, dies at 68
  • May 22 Charles "Chief "Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 70
  • May 23 H R Bromley-Davenport, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England), dies

Person of interestRobert Capa

May 25 Robert Capa, Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist, dies of injuries from a landmine explosion at 40

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • May 26 Franz Pfemfert, writer, dies at 74
  • May 26 Lionel Conacher ["The Big Train"], Canadian athlete and politician, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • May 27 Herzmanovsky-Orlando, writer, dies
  • May 28 Achille Longo, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • May 30 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian and author (My Life), dies at 67
  • Jun 1 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (Pelle Erobreren), dies at 84
  • Jun 4 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58

Person of interestAlan Turing

Jun 7 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), commits suicide at 41 (b. 1912)

Computer Scientist Alan Turing
Computer Scientist
Alan Turing
  • Jun 9 Alain LeRoy Locke, African-American writer and philosopher “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”, dies at 68
  • Jun 10 Will Rossiter, composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Nikolai Obouhov, composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • Jun 22 Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 49
  • Jun 22 Karl Taylor Compton, American physicist and 9th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dies at 66
  • Jun 25 Eduard M Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Civil Code), dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 83
  • Jun 28 Red deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26
  • Jul 3 Siegfried Handloser, German physician (b. 1895)
  • Jul 6 Dirk Verbeek, actor and director (Hofstad Stage), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian Mafia boss, dies at 76
  • Jul 13 Irving Pichel, dies at 63

Person of interestFrida Kahlo

Jul 13 Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter who explored questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender and race in Mexican society, dies of a pulmonary embolism at 47

Painter Frida Kahlo
Painter
Frida Kahlo
  • Jul 14 Jacinto Benavente y Martinez, Spanish playwright, dies at 87
  • Jul 14 Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)
  • Jul 17 Dirk B Nanninga, painter, dies at 85
  • Jul 19 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 20 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), dies at 52
  • Jul 24 Mary Church Terrell, educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 Hans Lodeizen, [Johan Frederik], poet (Travel to Congo), dies at 26
  • Jul 26 Ruth Bryan Owen, American politician (first woman appointed as a U.S. ambassador, Denmark 1933-36), dies at 68
  • Jul 29 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • Jul 31 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Aug 1 Charles-A Cingria, writer, dies
  • Aug 2 Rene Amengual, composer, dies at 42

Person of interestColette

Aug 3 Colette, [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist (Vagabonde), dies at 81

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • Aug 6 Theo[by] Van Reijn, sculptor/drawer/lithograph, dies at 70 [or 8/10]
  • Aug 8 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), dies at 67
  • Aug 11 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)
  • Aug 13 Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71

Person of interestHugo Eckener

Aug 14 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, dies at 86

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener
  • Aug 17 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • Aug 19 Alcide de Gasperi, 30th Prime Minister of Italy (1945-53), dies at 73

Person of interestGetulio Vargas

Aug 24 Getulio Vargas, President of Brazil (1930-45, 1951-54), modernizer and dictator, commits suicide at 71

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • Sep 3 Eugene Pallette, American actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro), dies at 65
  • Sep 5 Eugen Schiffer, German lawyer and liberal politician, dies at 94
  • Sep 7 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (Mutt and Jeff), dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Alfred Gradstein, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 10 Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies
  • Sep 11 Licinio Refice, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 19 Tibor Harsányi, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 21 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
  • Sep 24 Edward Pilgrim, British suicide hastened by bureaucracy (b. 1904)
  • Sep 25 Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, Spanish essayist/philosopher, dies at 71
  • Sep 26 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player, dies at 86
  • Sep 28 Bert Lytell, American actor (One Man's Family), dies at 69
  • Sep 29 William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet and scholar, dies at 73
  • Sep 30 Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • Oct 3 Herbert Prior, British actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire), dies at 87
  • Oct 5 Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel, Pallieter), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Hakon Borresen, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • Oct 12 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, dies in a plane crash of his experiential F-100 Super Sabre at 36
  • Oct 20 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • Oct 22 Prosper Cocquyt, Belgian brewer/pilot, dies at 54
  • Oct 22 Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet (b. 1899)
  • Oct 22 Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (one of the modernist Group of Five), dies at 64
  • Oct 23 Henri Zagwijn, composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 26 Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
  • Oct 27 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • Oct 27 Frank Druce, cricketer (252 runs in 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Oct 27 Sydney Horler, English detective writer (Checkmate), dies at 66

Person of interestHenri Matisse

Nov 3 Henri Matisse, French painter and sculptor (Dance II), dies at 84

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • Nov 4 Stig Dagerman, Swedish author (Burned Child), dies at 31
  • Nov 10 Hussein Fatemi, Iran Foreign minister, executed
  • Nov 11 John Rosamund Johnson, composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 13 Fay Baker, actress (Sorority Girl), dies at 60

Person of interestLionel Barrymore

Nov 15 Lionel Barrymore, [Blythe], American actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), dies at 76

  • Nov 16 Albert Francis Blakeslee, American botanist, dies at 80
  • Nov 19 Walter Bartley Wilson, founding member of Cardiff City F.C. (b. 1870)
  • Nov 21 Karol Rathaus, composer, dies at 59
  • Nov 21 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 69
  • Nov 22 Andrej J Vysjinski, Russian UN ambassador, dies at 70
  • Nov 22 Moroni Olsen, American actor (Annie Oakley, Black Gold, Snow White), dies at 65
  • Nov 22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • Nov 26 Bill Doak, former Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1891)

Person of interestEnrico Fermi

Nov 28 Enrico Fermi, Italian-American nuclear physicist (Nobel 1938), dies of stomach cancer at 53

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • Nov 29 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, dies at 85
  • Nov 29 Dink Johnson, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Nov 30 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (b. 1886)
  • Dec 1 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Enrique Soro Barriga, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies
  • Dec 8 Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50
  • Dec 13 John Raymond Hubbell, American writer (b. 1879)
  • Dec 20 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 20 James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54
  • Dec 23 René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
  • Dec 25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • Dec 25 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96
  • Dec 25 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor and composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75