Famous People Who Died in March 1985

  • Mar 1 Eugene List, American concert pianist & teacher (Eastman School of Music), dies at 66
  • Mar 2 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, dies at 57
  • Mar 3 Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Eric Sloane, American artist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Robert W. Woodruff, American CEO (Coca-Cola) and philanthropist, dies at 95
  • Mar 7 Victor W. Farris, American inventor (paper milk carton), dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Edward Andrews, American actor (Tea & Sympathy, Glass Bottom Boat), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 8 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33

Konstantin ChernenkoKonstantin Chernenko (1911-1985)

Mar 10 General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

  • Mar 12 Eugene Ormandy [Jenő Blau], Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1936-80), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • Mar 13 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 65
  • Mar 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)

Eddie ShoreEddie Shore (1902-1985)

Mar 16 Canadian ice hockey player and NHL hall of famer (Boston Bruins), dies of a lung infection at 82

  • Mar 16 Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39
  • Mar 16 Roger Sessions, American Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Concerto for Orchestra; The Black Maskers), musicologist, and educator (Princeton, 1936-45, 53-65; Berkeley, 1945-53), dies at 88
  • Mar 17 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies at 59
  • Mar 18 Jack Miller, Ameerican orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Goodbye Mr Chips, Lady Vanishes), dies of Parkinson's Disease at 77
  • Mar 21 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist and writer, dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), 1st African American woman cabinet member, dies of cancer at 60
  • Mar 23 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 23 Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • Mar 24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Rigoleto- "Monterone"), dies at 64
  • Mar 25 Karl Gustav Ahlefeldt, Danish actor (Gertrud, Hooray for the Blue Hussars), dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Marc Chagall [Moise Shagal], Jewish Belarusan-French modernist painter and stained glass artist (La Mariée; I and the Village), dies at 97
  • Mar 28 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • Mar 29 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian singer-songwriter, and Dominican nun known as 'The Singing Nun' ("Dominique"), cities financial difficulties, and commits suicide with barbiturate overdose at 51
  • Mar 29 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States, dies at 73
  • Mar 30 Harold Peary, American actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of a heart attack at 76