On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 1985

  • Mar 1 Eugene List, American concert pianist and 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), dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Robert W Woodruff, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies at 95
  • Mar 7 Victor W Farris, inventor of paper milk carton, etc, dies
  • 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

Person of interestKonstantin Chernenko

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

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Mar 12 Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies 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)
  • Mar 16 Roger Huntington Sessions, American composer (Black Masks), dies at 88
  • Mar 16 Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39

  • Mar 17 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies at 59
  • Mar 18 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson's Disease
  • 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 Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), dies at 64
  • Mar 25 Karl Gustav Ahlefeldt, Danish actor (Gertrud, Hooray for the Blue Hussars), dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • Mar 28 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • Mar 29 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States, dies at 73
  • Mar 29 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, commits suicide at 51
  • Mar 30 Harold Peary, actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of heart attack at 76