Famous People Who Died in 1972 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 305 of 305

  • Aug 26 Francis Chichester, English aviator and sailor (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire), dies at 70
  • Aug 26 Jacques Gans, Dutch author and journalist, dies at 63
  • Aug 28 William, English Prince of Gloucester and grandson of George V, dies in accident at 30
  • Aug 29 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Rene Leibowitz, Polish French composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 1 Kees Posthumus, Dutch chemist, dies at 70
  • Sep 1 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer ("Dusty Rag"), dies at 84
  • Sep 5 Alan Kippax, Australian cricket batsman (22 Tests, 2 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 145; NSW CA), dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 7 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, dies at 81
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Geoffrey Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-61), dies at 85
  • Sep 15 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Turkish pianist, composer - one of "The Turkish Five" (Köçekçe - Dance Rhapsody for Orchestra), and pedagogue, dies from a stroke at 66
  • Sep 17 Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-Russian actor (Touch of Evil, For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 72
  • Sep 19 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), dies at 73
  • Sep 21 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Robert KJE Antonissen, Belgian-born South African literary figure, dies at 53
  • Sep 23 Calvin Frazier, American country and Detroit blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("This Old World's In A Tangle"), dies of cancer at 57
  • Sep 23 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Charles J Correll, American actor (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82
  • Sep 27 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • Sep 28 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 28 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], Brirish rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 34
  • Oct 1 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87

Louis LeakeyLouis Leakey (1903-1972)

Oct 1 British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge; 1964 Richard Hooper Medal), dies at 68

  • Oct 4 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), dies at 61
  • Oct 5 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), dies at 64
  • Oct 6 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Dave Bancroft, American Baseball HOF shortstop (World Series 1921, 22 NY Giants) and manager (Boston Braves), dies at 81
  • Oct 9 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter, dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Miriam Hopkins, actress (Carrie, Barbary Coast), dies at 69
  • Oct 12 (Wilfred) "Billy" Williams, American pop singer ("I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter"), dies at 61
  • Oct 14 Joseph Kaminski, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 16 (Thomas) Hale Boggs, American politician (US Representative from Louisiana, 1947-73), presumed killed in a plane crash at 58
  • Oct 16 Leo G. Carroll, British actor (Topper; Strangers On A Train; Man From U.N.C.L.E.), dies at 85
  • Oct 17 George, Crown Prince of Serbia, eldest son of King Peter I, dies at 85
  • Oct 17 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 18 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), dies at 66
  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies
  • Oct 20 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86
  • Oct 22 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudist/portraits), dies at 82

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson (1919-1972)

Oct 24 American Baseball HOF second baseman (1st African-American MLB player Brooklyn Dodgers; 6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1955; NL MVP 1949), dies from a heart attack at 53

  • Oct 25 Johnny Mantz, American race car driver (Southern 500, 1950), dies in a car accident at 54
  • Oct 25 Norman Norell [Levinson], US fashion designer, dies at 72

Igor SikorskyIgor Sikorsky (1889-1972)

Oct 26 Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, dies at 83

  • Oct 27 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), dies from cancer at 64
  • Oct 30 Alan Roth, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 68
  • Oct 30 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), dies at 84
  • Oct 31 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)

Ezra PoundEzra Pound (1885-1972)

Nov 1 American poet (The Cantos), critic and fascist collaborator in Italy during World War II, dies at 87

  • Nov 5 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 85
  • Nov 6 Billy Murcia, Colombian born American rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • Nov 7 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Nov 10 Charlie Hallows, English cricketer who scored 1000 runs in a single month in May 1928, dies at 77
  • Nov 11 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in motorcycle crash at 24
  • Nov 12 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American concert pianist and composer (Rose-Marie; The Vagabond King), dies at 92
  • Nov 14 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 71
  • Nov 16 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer, dies at 87
  • Nov 18 Danny Whitten, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Crazy Horse; Rod Stewart - "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), dies of a methaqualone overdose at 29
  • Nov 18 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 21 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • Nov 23 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 24 Hall Overton, American jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 52
  • Nov 25 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, dies at 86
  • Nov 26 R. P. Keigwin, English academic, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, American composer, dies at 91
  • Nov 28 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), dies at 96
  • Nov 29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • Nov 30 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Kubiniana, Requiem), dies at 71
  • Nov 30 Neil H McElroy, soap manufacturer/minister of Defense (1957-59), dies
  • Nov 30 Valentin Ruiz Aznar, Spanish choirmaster, composer, and priest, dies at 70

Antonio SegniAntonio Segni (1891-1972)

Dec 1 Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81

  • Dec 2 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • Dec 2 Ip Man, Chinese martial artist, and a master teacher of Wing Chun, dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • Dec 3 Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • Dec 3 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), dies at 85
  • Dec 5 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • Dec 6 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • Dec 8 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash
  • Dec 9 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Mark van Doren, American poet and author (Happy Critic, Transients), dies at 78
  • Dec 11 John Mills, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests, 241 runs, 1 x 100), dies at 67
  • Dec 11 Semjon I. Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Edward Earle, Canadian actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
  • Dec 15 Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Erwin Dressel, German composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 18 Neilia Biden, Joe Biden's first wife and their 13-month-old daughter Naomi, are killed in an automobile accident a few days before he takes office as the newly elected Senator for Delaware
  • Dec 20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72
  • Dec 21 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • Dec 23 Andrej Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Charles Atlas [Angelo Siciliano], Italian-American bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), dies at 74
  • Dec 25 C. Rajagopalachari, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India, dies at 94

Harry TrumanHarry Truman (1884-1972)

Dec 26 33rd US President (Democrat: 1945-53), dies in Kansas City Mo at 88

Lester B. PearsonLester B. Pearson (1897-1972)

Dec 27 14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel Peace Prize 1957), dies at 75

  • Dec 28 Roy "Link" Lyman, American NFL player (Chicago Bears), dies at 74
  • Dec 29 Fritz Behrend, composer, dies at 83

Roberto ClementeRoberto Clemente (1934-1972)

Dec 31 Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies in a plane crash at 38