Historical Figures Who Died in 1962

  • Jan 1 Diego Martínez Barrio, Spanish president (1939), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Hans Lammers, German SS officer and Nazi politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 6 Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • Jan 12 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist, dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • Jan 16 Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • Jan 16 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, dies at 78
  • Jan 17 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • Jan 20 Robinson Jeffers, poet/playwright (Dear Judas), dies at 75
  • Jan 21 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Turkish poet, novelist, recognized as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature (A Mind at Peace, The Time Regulation Institute), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Jan 24 Stanley Lord, Captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster, dies at 84

Charles Charles "Lucky" Luciano (1896-1962)

Jan 26 Italian-American gangster of the New York mafia, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • Jan 30 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (b. 1894)
  • Feb 3 Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • Feb 7 Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10 Willem Paerels, Neth/Belgian painter and graphic artist, dies at 83
  • Feb 19 Georgios Papanicolaou, Greek-American doctor, cytopathologist, and inventor of the Pap smear, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • Mar 2 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), dies at 95
  • Mar 4 Cairine R. Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • Mar 5 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Wilhelm Blaschke, Austrian integral geometer, dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • Mar 19 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, dies at 89

A. E. DouglassA. E. Douglass (1867-1962)

Mar 20 American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), dies at 94

  • Mar 20 C. Wright Mills, American sociologist and writer (The Power Elite), dies at 45
  • Mar 23 Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • Mar 25 Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Augusta Savage (née Fells), African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate, dies of cancer at 72 [1]
  • Mar 26 Marjorie Colton, American inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • Mar 28 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • Apr 4 James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • Apr 6 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • Apr 12 M. Visvesvaraya, Indian civil engineer and statesman (19th Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom), dies at 100
  • Apr 13 Culbert Olson, American lawyer & politician (Gov-D-Cal), dies at 85
  • Apr 20 Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • Apr 27 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman, dies at 88
  • May 11 Hans Luther, German politician (Chancellor, 1925-6), dies at 83
  • May 12 Dick Calkins, American comic strip artist and co-author of Buck Rogers), dies at 67
  • May 13 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • May 13 H. Trendley Dean, American dental surgeon who introduced fluoridation into water, dies from complications of asthma and emphysema at 68
  • May 19 Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
  • May 26 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian painter, dies at 75
  • May 31 Henry F. Ashurst, American Democratic politician (U.S. Senator from Arizona), dies at 87

Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann (1906-1962)

Jun 1 German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), hanged in Israel at 56

  • Jun 2 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • Jun 4 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • Jun 6 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, dies at 34
  • Jun 14 Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim
  • Jun 19 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), dies at 69
  • Jun 25 Ephraim Lisitsky, American Hebrew poet, dies (b. 1885)
  • Jun 27 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, dies at 58
  • Jul 6 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal, dies at 89
  • Jul 6 George, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 63

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner (1897-1962)

Jul 6 American author (As I Lay Dying, Nobel Prize for Literature 1949), dies at 64

  • Jul 8 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)

Owen D. YoungOwen D. Young (1874-1962)

Jul 11 American industrialist (RCA) and diplomat (Young Plan), dies at 87

  • Jul 16 Jan Romein, Dutch historian (Breaking of Two Ages), dies at 68
  • Jul 20 André Renard, Belgium worker's union leader (MSU), dies at 51
  • Jul 20 George MacAulay Trevelyan, English royal historian, dies at 86
  • Jul 21 G. M. Trevelyan [George Macaulay Trevelyan], British historian and academic, dies at 86
  • Jul 25 Thibaudeau Rinfret, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice (b. 1879)
  • Jul 27 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), dies at 61
  • Jul 27 Edward Godfrey Richard Aldington, novelist/biographer, dies
  • Jul 27 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (b. 1895)
  • Jul 27 Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • Aug 1 Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse (1877-1962)

Aug 9 German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel Prize for Literature 1946), dies at 85

  • Aug 9 Lowell Stockman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon, dies at 61
  • Aug 15 Lei Feng, Chinese soldier (became a propaganda icon after his death), dies in an accident at 21
  • Aug 17 Peter Fechter, East German bricklayer who was shot trying to cross the Berlin Wall at 18
  • Aug 19 Kerstin Hesselgren, Swedish politician, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • Aug 23 Walter Anderson, German folklorist, dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter, dies at 63
  • Sep 3 E. E. Cummings, American poet (Tulips & Chimneys), dies at 67
  • Sep 7 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • Sep 7 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • Sep 7 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49
  • Sep 8 Hermann Staudinger, German chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1953 for polymers), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Geoffrey Mander, English industrialist (Mander Brothers Ltd.), dies at 80
  • Sep 9 Pat Rooney, American vaudevillian (Night club), dies at 82
  • Sep 16 Saif al-Islam Achmad, monarch of Yemen, dies at about 71
  • Sep 18 Therese Neumann, German stigma, dies at 64
  • Sep 19 Nikolai Pogodin, Soviet playwright, dies at 61
  • Sep 27 Francisco Brochado da Rocha, Prime Minister of Brazil (1962), dies at 52
  • Sep 29 Patrick Corry, developed self-rotating rock drill, dies in the Bronx
  • Oct 2 Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  • Oct 7 Maurits Dekker, Dutch writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • Oct 9 Lulu McConnell, American vaudeville, radio, and television comedienne (It Pays To Be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • Oct 11 Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian botanist who was one of three scientists (also Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns) who independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, dies at 90
  • Oct 16 Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Natalia Goncharova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, dies at 81
  • Oct 27 Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi), dies at 58
  • Oct 27 Rudolph Anderson, U-2 pilot, shot down over Cuba

Harlow CurticeHarlow Curtice (1893-1962)

Nov 3 President of General Motors (1953-58), dies at 69

Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Nov 7 American diplomat (UN Commission on Human Rights), activist and First Lady of the United States (1933-45), dies at 78

  • Nov 11 René Coty, French politician, President of France (1954-59), dies at 80
  • Nov 14 Manuel Gálvez, Argentine novelist (La maestra normal), dies at 80
  • Nov 17 Arthur Vining Davis, American industrialist and CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95
  • Nov 18 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), dies at 63

Niels BohrNiels Bohr (1885-1962)

Nov 18 Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), dies at 77

  • Nov 20 Jasper McLevy, American politician (Socialist mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1933-57), dies at 84
  • Nov 23 H. J. Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), dies at 62
  • Nov 24 James J Kilroy, American army tank inspector (Kilroy was here), dies at 60
  • Nov 26 Albert Sarraut, French Radical politician, Prime Minister of France (1933 and 1936), dies at 90

Wilhelmina of the NetherlandsWilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880-1962)

Nov 28 Queen of the Netherlands (1890-1948), dies at 82

  • Nov 29 Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood, New Jersey
  • Dec 23 George Saiko, Austrian writer, dies at 70