Famous Deaths in October 1979

  • Oct 1 Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 3 Charles White, artist, dies at 61 in Los Angeles
  • Oct 3 Claudia Jennings, playmate (Nov, 1969), dies in car crash at 29
  • Oct 4 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 5 Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies
  • Oct 6 Elizabeth Bishop, poetess (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • Oct 8 June Nash, actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • Oct 10 Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Oct 12 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • Oct 13 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), dies at 89
  • Oct 13 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, dies at 93
  • Oct 16 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • Oct 17 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), dies at 81
  • Oct 17 Karel Reiner, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 17 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • Oct 22 Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber
  • Oct 22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • Oct 26 Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
  • Oct 30 Sir Barnes Wallis, British scientist, engineer and inventor (b. 1887)
  • Oct 30 Donna Rachele Mussolini, wife of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, dies at 89