On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 1985

  • Jul 1 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, dies at 74
  • Jul 2 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • Jul 3 Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, dies at 92
  • Jul 3 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), dies at 80
  • Jul 4 John de Quay, Dutch premier (1959-63), dies at 83
  • Jul 5 Gerard Schmook, Flemish literature historian/custodian, dies at 86
  • Jul 5 Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • Jul 5 Marion Byron, actress (Steamboat Bill Jr), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Patti McCarty, actress (Gangster of the Frontier), dies at 64
  • Jul 8 Gardner Cowles Jr, US publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
  • Jul 8 Phil Foster, American comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72
  • Jul 8 Simon Kuznets, American economist (Nobel 1971), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Rafael Campos, actor (Ramon-Rhoda, Sancho-V), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 9 Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1896)
  • Jul 9 Jimmy Kinnon, Scottish founder of Narcotics Anonymous (b. 1911)
  • Jul 10 Fernando Pereira, military activist, murdered

  • Jul 16 Wayne King, orchestra leader (Wayne King Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jul 17 Czesław Marek, Polish composer, dies at 93
  • Jul 17 Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • Jul 18 Shahnawaz Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
  • Jul 19 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), dies at 47
  • Jul 20 Bruno de Finetti, Italian probabilist statistician and actuary, dies at 79
  • Jul 21 Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • Jul 21 Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • Jul 23 Kay Kyser, bandleader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), dies at 79
  • Jul 23 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 27 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • Jul 28 Grant Williams, American actor (Hawaiian Eye, Incredible Shrinking Man), dies of toxic poisoning at 54
  • Jul 29 James F Nolan, actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 30 Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 30 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • Jul 31 Eugene Carson Blake, US Secretary-General of World Council of Churches (1966-72), dies at 78
  • Jul 31 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55