Famous People Who Died in September 1985

  • Sep 1 James Pitman, British educator and spelling reformer (Alphabets and Reading: The Initial Teaching Alphabet), dies at 84
  • Sep 1 Stefan Bellof, German race car driver (b. 1957)
  • Sep 2 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • Sep 3 (Jonathon) "Jo" Jones, American jazz drummer, and percussionist (Count Basie), dies of pneumonia at 73
  • Sep 3 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, dies at 58
  • Sep 4 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Sep 4 Isabel Jeans, actress (Suspicion, Easy Virtue, Tovarich), dies at 93
  • Sep 4 Robert McCormick, American NBC newscaster (Current Opinion), dies at 74
  • Sep 6 Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery, American jazz, boogie-woogie and blues pianist, singer, and composer ("Crescent City Blues"), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), dies at 70 of pneumonia
  • Sep 6 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 6 Leon Orthel, Dutch pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 7 Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, American College-Pro Football HOF tackle (Ole Miss; 6 × First-team All-Pro; 5 × NFL All-Star; Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers, Fleet City, NY Yankees), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 70
  • Sep 8 John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • Sep 8 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • Sep 9 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), dies from cancer at 52 [1]
  • Sep 10 Alexa Kenin, American actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), dies at 23
  • Sep 10 Ernest Julius Öpik, Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos, dies at 91
  • Sep 10 Jock Stein, Scottish soccer manager (Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Scotland [1965, 78-85], Celtic, Leeds United), dies from a pulmonary edema at 62
  • Sep 11 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler, dies jumping from a plane to his death with $15 million in cocaine at 40
  • Sep 11 Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), dies of leukaemia at 27
  • Sep 11 William Alwyn, English composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Dane Rudhyar [Daniel Chennevière], French-American composer, author, and astrologist dies at 90
  • Sep 15 (Charles) "Cootie" Williams, American jazz, jump-blues, and R&B trumpeter (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1929-40 & 1962-74), dies of kidney problems at 74
  • Sep 17 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60
  • Sep 18 Gerald Holtom, British artist and graphic designer (Nuclear Disarmament (ND) logo, which later became an international peace symbol), dies at 71
  • Sep 19 Italo Calvino, Italian author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 61
  • Sep 21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • Sep 22 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Mickey Simpson, actor (Wagonmaster), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Sep 25 Albert Moeschinger, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 25 William Cumming Rose, American biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid), dies at 98
  • Sep 27 Lloyd Nolan, American actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Sep 29 Benjamin Markarian, Armenian astrophysicist (Markarian galaxies), dies at 71
  • Sep 30 Charles F. Richter, American physicist and seismologist (developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquake magnitude), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Heleb MacInnes, American spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77

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Sep 30 German-French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64