Deaths in History in December 1938

  • Dec 8 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • Dec 9 Johannes van Laar, Dutch chemist (thermodynamics), dies at 78
  • Dec 12 James McNeill, Irish politician, 2nd Governor-General of the Irish Free State, dies at 69
  • Dec 19 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 65
  • Dec 20 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader, dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Chimes), dies at 70
  • Dec 24 Bruno Taut, German architect (b. 1880)
  • Dec 25 Karel Čapek, Czech author, playwright and critic (R.U.R.), coined term "robot", dies of pneumonia at 48
  • Dec 27 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments dies at 72
  • Dec 27 O Mandelstam, writer, dies
  • Dec 27 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (b. 1889)
  • Dec 31 Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter, dies at 70