Famous People Who Died in December 1971

  • Dec 1 Arthur B. Spingarn, American lawyer and civil rights activist (NAACP chairman, 1940-65), dies at 93
  • Dec 4 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, dies
  • Dec 5 Hugh Wakefield, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Blithe Spirit), dies at 83
  • Dec 6 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 6 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Plough), dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Milton Rosmer, British director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche (1904-1971)

Dec 9 American diplomat, UN delegate and 1st person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1950), dies at 67

  • Dec 9 Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor, dies at 97
  • Dec 10 Jo [Jozef Maria Laurens Theo] Cals, Prime Minister of Netherlands (1965-66) and Minister of Education, Arts and Sciences, dies at 57
  • Dec 11 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • Dec 12 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), dies at 80
  • Dec 12 Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), commits suicide at 43
  • Dec 12 Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated
  • Dec 12 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Dog of Pavlov), dies at 47
  • Dec 13 Max Mell, Austria artillery officer and literary (Donauweibchen), dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, dies at 42
  • Dec 15 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • Dec 18 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), dies at 61

Bobby JonesBobby Jones (1902-1971)

Dec 18 American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), dies of syringomyelia at 69

  • Dec 18 Diana Lynn [Dolores Eartha Loehr], American actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), dies of a stroke at 45
  • Dec 20 Roy O. Disney, American businessman and co-founder of the Walt Disney Company with brother Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78
  • Dec 22 Fred Guy, American jazz banjo player and guitarist (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra; Duke Ellington's Washingtonians), dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans, Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58
  • Dec 22 Renee Evans, entertainer, dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Dec 23 Carlo Jachino, Italian composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 25 Byron Arnold, American composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Robert Lowery, actor (Circus Boy, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 57
  • Dec 28 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With The Wind), dies at 83
  • Dec 29 Stuart Holmes, American actor (Life's Shop Window, Prisoner of Zenda), dies of stomach ailment at 87
  • Dec 30 Dorothy Comingore [Linda Winters], American actress (Citizen Kane), dies after illness at 58
  • Dec 30 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 30 Melba Rae, American actress (Search for Tomorrow) (b. 1922)
  • Dec 31 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
  • Dec 31 Pete Duel [Deuel], American stage and screen actor (Gidget; Love on a Rooftop; Alias Smith and Jones), commits suicide at 31
  • Dec 31 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)