Deaths in History in December 1968

  • Dec 10 Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (Kirchliche Dogma), dies at 82

Person of interestThomas Merton

Dec 10 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), accidentally electrocuted by an electric fan at 53

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • Dec 10 George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (b. 1921)
  • Dec 11 Nadine Riga, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59
  • Dec 15 Antonio J. Barrette, French Canadian politician, premier of Quebec, dies at 69
  • Dec 19 Norman Thomas, American socialist, pacifist and presidential candidate (1928-48), dies at 84

Person of interestJohn Steinbeck

Dec 20 John Steinbeck, American author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel Prize 1940, 1962), dies at 66

  • Dec 22 Louise Granville, entertainer, dies of influenza at 73
  • Dec 29 Austin Farrer, English theologian and philosopher (b. 1904)
  • Dec 30 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), dies at 72