Deaths in History in December 1997

  • Dec 1 Denis Gerald Barrington, artist, dies at 67
  • Dec 1 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • Dec 1 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1920)
  • Dec 3 Marian Kratochwil, artist, dies at 91
  • Dec 4 David Abell Wood, priest, dies at 72
  • Dec 5 Colin Franklin, doctor, dies at 67
  • Dec 5 Daphne Fielding, socialite/writer, dies at 93
  • Dec 6 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Leon Poliakov, historian, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • Dec 12 Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician, dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, dies at 70
  • Dec 13 Rafael Jose Fernandez de la Calzada y Ferrer, restaurateur, dies at 83
  • Dec 14 Owen Barfield, British philosopher of language, dies at 99
  • Dec 14 Robert Sutton, electronics engineer, dies at 82
  • Dec 15 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar, dies at 69
  • Dec 16 Lillian Disney, widow of animator Walt Disney, dies of a stroke at 98
  • Dec 17 Reginald Victor Jones, scientist, dies at 86
  • Dec 19 David Norman Schramm, physicist, dies at 52
  • Dec 19 Masaru Ibuka, co-founder (Sony Corp), dies at 89
  • Dec 20 Denise Levertov, poet, dies at 74
  • Dec 20 Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81
  • Dec 21 Michael Lyne, air-marshal, dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Douglas Ranger, surgeon, dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford, dies at 67
  • Dec 22 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 23 Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist, dies at 90
  • Dec 23 Brian Malzard Foss, British psychologist, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Stanley Cortez, cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • Dec 24 James Komack, producer (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Pierre Péladeau, Quebec businessman, founder of Quebecor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 25 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer, dies at 39
  • Dec 25 Giorgio Strehler, theatre director, dies at 76
  • Dec 25 Laurence Gower, academic, dies at 84
  • Dec 26 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
  • Dec 26 John Whitley, air-Marshal, dies at 92
  • Dec 26 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist, dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Dorothy Stroud, garden historian, dies at 87
  • Dec 27 Ewart G Abner Jr, president (Motown Records), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Tom Hudson, artist/teacher, dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Billy Wright, Irish Protestant paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
  • Dec 28 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, dies at 89
  • Dec 30 Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese novelist (b. 1926)
  • Dec 31 76 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
  • Dec 31 Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89
  • Dec 31 Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39