Famous People Who Died in December 1961

  • Dec 3 Jēkabs Graubiņš, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 3 Mary Charleson, Irish-American silent film actress (Upstairs And Down), dies at 71
  • Dec 3 Pat O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1920, 23), dies at 70
  • Dec 6 Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and philosopher (The Wretched of the Earth), dies of leukemia at 36
  • Dec 8 William Beatton Moonie, Scottish composer (The Weird of Colbar; Echoes of Perthshire), dies at 71
  • Dec 12 Daiun Sogaku Harada, Zen founder of Sanbo Kyodan lineage, dies at 91

Grandma Moses

Dec 13 Anna Mary "Grandma" Moses, American painter, dies at 101

  • Dec 15 William "Dummy" Hoy, American baseball outfielder (most accomplished deaf player in MLB history; NL stolen base leader 1888; Washington Senators, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 99
  • Dec 16 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, Russian composer and teacher, dies at 61
  • Dec 16 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer, prima donna, dies at 93
  • Dec 17 Marion Perkins, sculptor (Man of Sorrow), dies at 53
  • Dec 20 Earle Page, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1880)

Moss Hart

Dec 20 Moss Hart, American playwright (You Can't Take it With You, Act 1), dies of a heart attack at 57

  • Dec 23 Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (b. 1910)
  • Dec 24 Guy de Lioncourt, French composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 25 Otto Loewi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1873)
  • Dec 25 Owen Brewster, U.S. Senator from Maine (b. 1888)
  • Dec 25 Rheinhold Rudenberg, inventor of electron microscope, dies
  • Dec 26 Charlie Frank, cricketer (S Af Test centurion v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • Dec 28 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1st lady (1915-21), dies at 89
  • Dec 30 Jacobus "Ko" van den Bosch, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned)/dir, dies at 53