Famous Deaths in December 1959

  • Dec 4 Rosetta Duncan, (Duncan Sisters), dies in an auto accident at 58
  • Dec 5 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies at 54
  • Dec 6 Len Doyle, actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66
  • Dec 7 Charlie Hall, English comedic actor (Tit for Tat, A Chump at Oxford), dies at 60
  • Dec 9 Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • Dec 10 Charles Jones, cricket batsman (WI in 4 Tests 1930-35, 63 runs), dies
  • Dec 10 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • Dec 11 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • Dec 14 Lizzy Ansingh, Dutch painter (Cast Off), dies at 84
  • Dec 18 Dorothy L Sayers, writer, dies at 66
  • Dec 19 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
  • Dec 21 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • Dec 22 Gilda Gray, actress (Piccadilly), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 23 Edward FLW Halifax, English viscount/viceroy of India, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Lester Lonergan Jr, actor (Growing Paynes), dies at 65
  • Dec 23 Lord Irwin, ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax and British ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 27 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat, dies at 70

Person of interestAnte Pavelić

Dec 28 Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70

Croatian Fascist Leader Ante Pavelić
Croatian Fascist Leader
Ante Pavelić
  • Dec 29 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 30 Maria Baers, Flemish social worker and founder of the Christian Workers' Women's Movement (KAV), dies at 76