Famous People Who Died in May 1960

  • May 2 Caryl Chessman, American kidnapper and rapist, executed in gas chamber at San Quentin (California) State Prison after 12 years of appeals at 38
  • May 5 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • May 6 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • May 6 Vern Bickford, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1949; no-hitter 1950; Boston / Milwaukee Braves), dies from cancer at 39
  • May 8 Hugo Alfvén, Swedish violinist, conductor, and composer (Midsommarvaka - Midsummer Vigil), dies at 88
  • May 8 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (one of the founders of homotopy theory), dies at 55
  • May 10 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, dies at 61
  • May 12 (Cecil) Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies of pneumonia at 70
  • May 12 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and third husband to Rita Hayworth, dies from injuries sustained in a car accident at 48
  • May 17 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), dies at 84
  • May 23 Georges Claude, French engineer and inventor (neon light), dies at 89
  • May 27 Edward Brophy, American character actor (Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy, The Cameraman, Doughboys), dies at 65
  • May 27 George Zucco, British actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Captain Fury), dies at 74
  • May 27 James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator, dies at 82

Boris Pasternak

May 30 Boris Pasternak, Russian poet and novelist (Doctor Zhivago) (Nobel Prize 1958), dies at 70

  • May 31 Walther Funk, German economist and Nazi politician, dies at 69
  • May 31 Willem Elsschot [Alfons Josephus de Ridder], Flemish writer (Kas), dies at 78