Deaths in History in January 1985

  • Jan 2 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89
  • Jan 5 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • Jan 6 Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • Jan 11 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • Jan 13 Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
  • Jan 16 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, dies at 74
  • Jan 18 Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • Jan 21 James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 22 Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (b. 1899)
  • Jan 26 James Cameron, journalist, dies