Famous People Who Died in 1961 (Part 2)

  • Sep 30 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Québec, dies at 72
  • Oct 1 Donald Cook, American actor (Too Young To Go Steady), dies at 60
  • Oct 2 Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), dies at 80
  • Oct 4 Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Bishop of the Russian Church and Orthodox missionary, dies at 81
  • Oct 4 Max Weber, Polish-Russian-American painter, dies at 80
  • Oct 5 Don Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 34
  • Oct 8 Tom Howard, American photo-journalist, dies at 67
  • Oct 11 Leonard "Chico" Marx, comedian (Marx Brothers), dies at 74

Eugene BullardEugene Bullard (1895-1961)

Oct 12 1st African-American military pilot, flew for France in World War I as part of the French Foreign Legion, dies of stomach cancer at 66

  • Oct 13 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia) American filmmaker dies of a brain hemorrhage aged 44
  • Oct 13 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian-British film director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers), dies at 66
  • Oct 14 Harriet Shaw Weaver, British political activist, and magazine editor (The Egoist), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Paul Ramadier, French lawyer and politician (Prime Minister, 1947), dies at 73
  • Oct 18 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American silent film actress (The Dragon Painter), dies at 69
  • Oct 19 Benjamin Merkelbach, Dutch architect and city builder of Amsterdam, dies at 60
  • Oct 19 John Fernström, Swedish violinist, conductor (Nordic Youth Orchestra), and composer (Concertino for Flute, Women's Choir and Chamber Orchestra), dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Nils Johan Einar Ferlin, Swedish poet (Barfotabarn), dies at 62
  • Oct 25 Peter Jensen, Danish-American engineer, entrepreneur (Magnavox), and co-inventor (moving-coil loudspeaker), dies at 75
  • Oct 26 Edgar Mayne, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies at 79
  • Oct 26 Milan Stojadinović, Serbian-Yugoslav political figure and 12th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1935-39), dies at 73
  • Oct 30 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president Italy, dies
  • Nov 1 Alexander Cohen, Dutch anarchist and author, dies at 97
  • Nov 1 Joan McCracken, American stage and screen actress, dancer and comedienne (Oklahoma!; Claudia: Story of a Marriage), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Nov 2 James Thurber, American humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
  • Nov 9 Antonius Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River), dies at 64
  • Nov 13 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., American diplomat (b. 1897)
  • Nov 13 Fredrik J "Frits" Bakker Jr, Dutch actor (Unknown Woman), dies at 63
  • Nov 13 Wally Brown, American actor (Jed Fame-Cimarron City), dies at 57
  • Nov 15 Douglas Walton, actor (Bad Lands), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Nov 15 Elsie Ferguson, American actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), dies at 78
  • Nov 16 Sam Rayburn, American politician (US Representative from Texas, 1913-61; Speaker of the House for 17 years), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • Nov 18 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), dies at 61
  • Nov 19 Dorothy Heyward (née Kuhns), American playwright (Porgy), and novelist, dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Ruth Chatterton, actress (Female, Dodsworth), dies after illness at 67
  • Nov 25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), dies at 95
  • Nov 26 Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser, Russian-Soviet pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 86
  • Nov 30 Stanislaw Kazuro, Polish composer, dies at 80
  • 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 MosesGrandma Moses (1860-1961)

Dec 13 American primitive painter (Old Oaken Bucket), 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 HartMoss Hart (1904-1961)

Dec 20 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