On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 1979

  • Jul 1 Richard Ward, African American actor (Death of a Salesman, Beacon Hill), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jul 1 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), dies at 56
  • Jul 3 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 4 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

Jul 5 Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 87

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 6 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Jul 7 D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 8 Michael Wilding, British actor (Stage Fright, Courtney Affair, World of Suzie Wong), dies from a head injury at 66
  • Jul 8 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • Jul 8 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), dies at 62
  • Jul 8 Charles Kynard, American soul, jazz, and funk Hammond B-3 organ player (Reelin With The Feelin'), dies at 46
  • Jul 9 Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (National Softball Hall of Fame 1959; Chicago Queens), dies at 53
  • Jul 9 Cornelia Otis Skinner, dies at 78
  • Jul 10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Claude Wagner, French-Canadian judge and politician, dies at 54

  • Jul 12 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 12 Minnie Ripperton [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • Jul 13 Corine Griffith, dies at 84
  • Jul 14 George De Witt, TV host (Name that Tune), dies at 56
  • Jul 15 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • Jul 16 James F Mcintyre, archbishop of Los Angeles, dies at 93
  • Jul 16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 17 Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies
  • Jul 21 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • Jul 22 Hope Summers, actress (Clara - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 78
  • Jul 22 Soschtschenko, writer, dies at 83
  • Jul 22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • Jul 22 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (Budapest Honvéd), dies at 49
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Jul 23 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • Jul 24 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Ettore Manni, Italian actor (Street People, Divine Nymph, Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), accidentally shoots himself at 52
  • Jul 27 Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • Jul 29 Herbert Marcuse, German-American communist philosopher (Eros & Civilization), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • Jul 30 Beppie Nooij, Dutch actress and director (Red Sien, Zeemansvrouwen), dies at 60
  • Jul 31 Beatrix Lehmann, British actress (Candles at Nine, Staircase), dies at 76