Deaths in History in 1961

Person of interestErwin Schrödinger

Jan 4 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate (wave mechanics), dies at 73

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • Jan 6 Regina Ullmann, writer, dies at 76
  • Jan 7 Clarice Baright, 1st woman admitted to American Bar Association, dies at 74
  • Jan 9 Emily Greene Balch, American writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1867)
  • Jan 10 Dashiell Hammett, US detective writer (Thin Man, Maltese Falcon), dies at 66
  • Jan 24 Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82
  • Feb 3 Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • Feb 4 Piet[er] L Kramer, influential Dutch architect (Amsterdam School), dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Anthony Gustav de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • Feb 11 Patrice Lumumba, Congolese revolutionary, 1st prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, assassinated by the Belgian government at 34
  • Feb 11 Kate Carew [Mary Williams], American caricaturist, dies at 91
  • Feb 20 Otto E Huiswoud, [Frank Billings], editor (Negro Worker), dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Blaise Cendrars [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Swiss poet, dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Frederick McKinley Jones, American inventor (developments in refrigeration), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Feb 22 George de Cuevas, Chilean-born ballet impresario and choreographer (Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas), dies at 75 or 76
  • Feb 26 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83

  • Feb 26 Mohammed V, ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
  • Mar 7 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter, dies at 42
  • Mar 7 Max Hymans, WW II resistance fighter/Head of Air France, dies at 60
  • Mar 16 Chen Geng, Chinese military leader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 17 Susanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101
  • Mar 23 James Edward Murray, (Sen-D-Montana) (1935-61), dies
  • Mar 23 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut, dies in accident at 24
  • Mar 30 P J Melotte, discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies
  • Mar 31 Seerp Anema, Dutch poet and writer (Modern Art & Degenerating), dies at 85
  • Apr 4 Simion Stoilow, Romanian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Apr 6 Jules J B V Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (Nobel 1919), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • Apr 9 Zog I [Ahmed Zogu], King of Albania (1928-39), dies at 65
  • Apr 13 John A. Bennett, American convicted rapist (b. 1935)
  • Apr 22 Maria Radulphus, [Adrian Hermus], Curacao school inspector, dies at 91
  • Apr 25 Hans F Blunck, writer, dies
  • Apr 27 Roy Del Ruth, director (About Face, Folies Bergere), dies at 67
  • May 3 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher, dies at 53
  • May 4 Anita Stewart, dies of heart attack at 66
  • May 6 Lucian Blaga, philosopher/poet (Transcendental censor), dies at 65
  • May 16 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (b. 1881)
  • May 17 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
  • May 20 Josef "Pips" Priller, German fighter ace (b. 1915)
  • May 30 Rafael Trujillo [Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina], Dominican politician, soldier and dictator of the Dominican Republic (1930-61), assassinated at 69
  • May 31 Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)

  • Jun 2 George S Kaufman, playwright/dir/pulitzer prize winner, dies at 72

Person of interestCarl Jung

Jun 6 Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Psychiatrist
Carl Jung
  • Jun 7 Robert Griffith, producer of Pajama Game, dies
  • Jun 9 Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)
  • Jun 16 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 22 Maria of Romania, Queen Consort of Yugoslavia (b. 1900)
  • Jun 23 Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70
  • Jun 25 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, US politician, 1st US elected women governor, Governor of Texas (1925-27, 1933-35), dies at 86
  • Jun 25 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian aviator, dies at 74
  • Jun 26 Kenneth F. Fearing, American poet (Afternoon of a pawnbroker), dies at 58
  • Jun 27 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, dies of cancer at 52
  • Jun 30 Lee de Forest, American inventor (Electron Tube), dies at 87
  • Jul 1 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), dies at 67

Person of interestErnest Hemingway

Jul 2 Ernest Hemingway, American author and Nobel laureate (The Old Man and the Sea), dies from suicide at 61

  • Jul 6 Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter and illustrator, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Enrique Larreta, [E Rodriguez Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer, dies at 86
  • Jul 6 Woodall Rodgers, American politician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 12 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (b. 1879)
  • Jul 15 John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • Aug 2 Giovanni B Angioletti, Italian writer (I grandi ospiti), dies at 64
  • Aug 5 Sidney Holland, Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1949-57), dies at 67
  • Aug 6 Jozef E Van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechelen, dies at 87
  • Aug 8 Franc N D Buchman, US theology (Moral Rearms), dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army general (WWII) and head of CIA (1950-52), dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Clarke Ashton Smith, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds), dies at 68
  • Aug 14 Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
  • Aug 16 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Pakistani scholar, Father of Modern Urdu, dies at 91
  • Aug 18 Learned Hand, Chief judge of US court of Appeals, dies at 89
  • Aug 18 Leonhard Frank, writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic explorer, dies at 82
  • Sep 1 Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (Dulles Airport), dies at 51
  • Sep 1 William S Foster, chairman (US Communist Party, 1945-57), dies at 80
  • Sep 3 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • Sep 7 Pieter S Gerbrandy, lawyer/premier to London 1940-5, dies at 76
  • Sep 12 Carl Hermann, German physicist (b. 1898)
  • Sep 16 Yme C Schuitmaker, potato farmer/dramatist, dies
  • Sep 17 Adnan Menderes, PM of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62
  • Sep 18 Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in an air crash over Congo at 56
  • Sep 19 Helen Kimble, fictional wife of Dr Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)
  • Sep 19 Pieter Tesch, mine engineer/geology (Pedestal of Netherlands), dies
  • Sep 21 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), dies at 68
  • Sep 24 Sumner Welles, American diplomat (Good Neighbor Policy), dies at 68
  • Sep 26 Charles Erwin Wilson, American engineer (President and CEO of General Motors) and politician (United States Secretary of Defense 1953-57), dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Hilda Doolittle, US poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • Sep 29 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Sep 30 Onésime Gagnon, French Canadian politician, lieutenant-governor of Québec (b. 1888)
  • Oct 4 Max Weber, Polish/Russ/US painter, dies
  • Oct 4 Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Bishop of the Russian Church and Orthodox missionary, dies at 81
  • Oct 12 Eugene Bullard, 1st African-American military pilot, flew for France in World War I as part of the French Foreign Legion, dies of stomach cancer at 66
  • Oct 14 Paul Ramadier, French politician (b. 1888)
  • Oct 14 Harriet Shaw Weaver, English political activist (b. 1876)
  • Oct 19 Benjamin Merkelbach, Dutch architect and city builder of Amsterdam, dies at 60
  • Oct 25 Peter Jensen, co-inventer (loud speaker), dies at 75
  • Oct 26 Milan Stojadinović, Serbian-Yugoslav political figure and 12th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1935-39), dies at 73
  • Oct 30 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president Italy, dies
  • Nov 1 Alexander Cohen, Dutch anarchist and author, dies at 97
  • Nov 9 Antonius Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River), dies at 64
  • Nov 13 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., American diplomat (b. 1897)
  • Nov 16 Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies at 79
  • Nov 19 Dorothy Heyward, American playwright (Porgy), dies at 71
  • Dec 6 Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and philosopher (The Wretched of the Earth), dies of leukemia at 36
  • Dec 12 Daiun Sogaku Harada, Zen founder of Sanbo Kyodan lineage, dies at 91

Person of interestGrandma Moses

Dec 13 Grandma Moses [Anna M], US painter, dies at 101

Primitive Painter Grandma Moses
Primitive Painter
Grandma Moses
  • Dec 17 Marion Perkins, sculptor (Man of Sorrow), dies at 53

Person of interestMoss Hart

Dec 20 Moss Hart, American dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at 57

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • Dec 20 Earle Page, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1880)
  • Dec 23 Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (b. 1910)
  • Dec 25 Rheinhold Rudenberg, inventor of electron microscope, dies
  • Dec 25 Otto Loewi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1873)
  • Dec 25 Owen Brewster, U.S. Senator from Maine (b. 1888)
  • Dec 28 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1st lady (1915-21), dies at 89