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Deaths in History in 2001

  • Jan 2 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician & US secretary of state (1969-73), dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr., American librarian and director of the Pierpont Morgan Library, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 9 Paul Vanden Boeynants, Prime Minister of Belgium (1966-68, 1978-79), dies at 81
  • Jan 11 Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)

Person of interestBill Hewlett

Jan 12 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), dies of a heart attack at 87

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Bill Hewlett
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Bill Hewlett
  • Jan 14 Burkhard Heim, German physicist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 15 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
  • Jan 16 Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • Jan 17 Gregory Corso, American beat poet, dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • Jan 18 Reg Prentice, British government minister, dies at 77
  • Jan 21 Byron de la Beckwith, American white supremacist, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Roy Brown, American clown (b. 1932)
  • Jan 30 Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • Jan 30 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon and pioneer in the modern neurosurgery, dies at 85

  • Jan 31 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American sci-fi author (Genetic General), dies at 77
  • Feb 1 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist, dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
  • Feb 6 Fulgence Charpentier, French-Canadian journalist, dies at 103
  • Feb 6 Jack Hyles, Independent Baptist pastor (First Baptist Church of Hammond 1959-2001), dies at 74
  • Feb 9 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • Feb 10 Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)
  • Feb 14 Alan Ross, British poet and editor (London Magazine), dies at 78
  • Feb 16 William Masters, American gynecologist who studied sexual dysfunction, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 85
  • Feb 17 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)
  • Feb 18 Balthus [Balthazar Klossowski], French Polish painter, dies at 92
  • Feb 19 Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
  • Feb 24 Claude Shannon, American mathematician and information theorist (A Mathematical Theory of Communication), dies at 84
  • Feb 26 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • Mar 1 Henry Wade, American lawyer (Dallas County District Attorney 1951-87), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 4 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • Mar 4 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, dies at 93

  • Mar 10 Michael Woodruff, English surgeon and scientist (organ transplantation), dies at 89
  • Mar 12 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • Mar 12 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73
  • Mar 12 Henry Lee Lucas, American drifter and serial killer, dies at 64
  • Mar 13 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • Mar 13 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • Mar 19 Charles K. Johnson, American President of the Flat Earth Society, dies at 76
  • Mar 21 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
  • Mar 24 Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 25 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde. dies at 77
  • Mar 29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • Mar 31 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (revival of traditional forms of astrology in the late 20th century), dies at 81
  • Apr 2 Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 3 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist, dies at 89
  • Apr 4 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom car designer (b. 1932)
  • Apr 5 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 Frank Annunzio, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1965-93), dies of Parkinson's disease at 86
  • Apr 12 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of a popular smiley graphic picture, dies at 79
  • Apr 13 Robert Moon, American postal inspector, dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
  • Apr 24 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)
  • Apr 29 Barend Biesheuvel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1971-73), dies at 81
  • May 4 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • May 5 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (Cliffsnotes), dies at 83
  • May 9 William T. Stearn, British botanist, dies at 90

Person of interestDouglas Adams

May 11 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), dies of myocardial infarction and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia at 49

  • May 11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • May 12 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

May 13 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), dies at 94

Novelist R.K. Narayan
Novelist
R.K. Narayan
  • May 17 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • May 26 Moven Enock Mahachi, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)
  • May 28 Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • May 28 Joe Moakley, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1973-2001), dies at 74
  • Jun 1 Queen Aiswarya of Nepal, killed by her son Dipendra in the Nepalese Royal Massacre at 51
  • Jun 1 King Birendra of Nepal, killed by his son Dipendra in the Nepalese Royal Massacre at 55
  • Jun 1 Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (Dennis the Menace), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jun 2 Imogene Coca, American comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Frank Stagg, American Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • Jun 4 Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
  • Jun 5 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist
  • Jun 7 Víctor Paz Estenssoro, President of Bolivia (b. 1907)
  • Jun 10 Princess Leila Pahlavi of Iran, youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, dies at 31
  • Jun 10 Mike Mentzer, American bodybuilder (b. 1951)

Person of interestTimothy McVeigh

Jun 11 Timothy McVeigh, American Oklahoma City bomber and terrorist, executed for bombing Oklahoma City at 33

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh
  • Jun 17 Donald J. Cram, American biochemist (development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity - Nobel 1987), dies at 82
  • Jun 23 Yvonne Dionne, one of the Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • Jun 25 Yuri Petrovich Sheffer, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 53

Person of interestTove Jansson

Jun 27 Tove Jansson, Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), dies at 86

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson
Author and Illustrator
Tove Jansson
  • Jun 28 Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)
  • Jul 1 Nicolay G. Basov, Soviet physicist who specialized in quantum electronics (laser, maser) and 1964 Nobel laureate, dies at 78
  • Jul 3 Mordecai Richler, Canadian author (b. 1931)
  • Jul 7 Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, dies at 88
  • Jul 16 Maurice De Bevere, Belgian cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • Jul 17 Katharine Graham, American publisher (The Washington Post during Watergate), dies at 84

  • Jul 18 James Hatfield, American author (b. 1958)
  • Jul 18 Fabio Taglioni, Italian automotive engineer (b. 1920)
  • Jul 20 Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (b. 1978)
  • Jul 22 Indro Montanelli, Italian journalist and historian (History of the Greeks), dies at 92
  • Jul 23 Eudora Welty, American novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973), dies at 92
  • Jul 26 Rex Barber, American WWII aviator (b. 1917)
  • Jul 26 Peter von Zahn, German journalist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 29 Edward Gierek, Polish politician (b. 1913)
  • Jul 29 Wau Holland, German computer hacker (b. 1951)
  • Jul 31 Poul Anderson, American author (b. 1926)
  • Jul 31 Francisco da Costa Gomes, President of Portugal’s ruling military junta (1974-76), dies at 87
  • Jul 31 Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 1910)
  • Aug 5 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)
  • Aug 6 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • Aug 14 Earl Anthony, American professional bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3), dies at 63
  • Aug 16 Floyd Spence, American attorney and politician (Rep-R-SC, 1971-2001), dies at 73
  • Aug 18 David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
  • Aug 19 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and sci-fi writer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 23 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • Aug 26 Louis Muhlstock, Canadian painter (b. 1904)
  • Aug 27 Abu Ali Mustafa, leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (assassinated) (b. 1938)
  • Aug 27 Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)
  • Aug 30 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, dies at 94
  • Sep 2 Christiaan Barnard, South African cardiac surgeon (perform 1st heart transplant), dies from a severe asthma attack at 78
  • Sep 4 Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, American radio personality (b. 1962)
  • Sep 5 Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian economist and UN statistician, dies at 89
  • Sep 10 DJ Uncle Al (b.1969)
  • Sep 11 Alice Stewart Trillin, American author (b. 1938)

  • Sep 11 Marwan Al-Shehhi, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1978)
  • Sep 11 Mohamed Atta, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1968)

Person of interestTodd Beamer

Sep 11 Todd Beamer, American passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, dies at 32 in a plane crash trying to stop the 9/11 terrorists

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • Sep 11 Mark Bingham, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1970)
  • Sep 11 Tom Burnett, American businessman (b. 1963)
  • Sep 11 Peter J. Ganci, Jr., Chief of Department, FDNY (b. 1946)
  • Sep 11 Hani Hanjour, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1972)
  • Sep 11 Ziad Jarrah, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1975)
  • Sep 11 Father Mychal F. Judge, Chaplain, FDNY (b. 1933)
  • Sep 11 Angel L. Juarbe, Jr., American firefighter (b. 1966)
  • Sep 11 John P. O'Neill, American anti-terrorism FBI agent (b. 1952)
  • Sep 11 John Ogonowski, pilot for American Airlines Flight 11 (b. 1951)
  • Sep 11 Barbara Olson, American political commentator (b. 1955)
  • Sep 11 Daniel M. Lewin, founder of Akamai Technologies (b. 1970)
  • Sep 11 Henry Herbert, 7th earl of Carnarvon, English peer and racing manager to the Queen, dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Barbara Mary Ansell, UK founder of paediatric rheumatology, dies at 78
  • Sep 17 Lou Dog, Sublime mascot.
  • Sep 18 Ernie Coombs, American-Canadian children's entertainer (Mr. Dressup), dies at 73
  • Sep 19 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, dies at 91
  • Sep 20 Marcos Pérez Jiménez, President of Venezuela (1953-58), dies at 87

Person of interestNguyen Van Thieu

Sep 29 Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, President of South Vietnam (1965-75), dies of a stroke at 78

President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu
President of South Vietnam
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • Oct 1 Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (b. 1919)
  • Oct 4 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • Oct 5 Mike Mansfield, American politician (b. 1903)
  • Oct 5 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), dies at 91
  • Oct 7 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, dies at 91
  • Oct 7 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • Oct 10 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, dies at 90
  • Oct 10 Vasily Mishin, Soviet rocket designer (b. 1917)
  • Oct 12 Quintin Hogg, British politician, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, dies at 94 (b. 1907)

  • Oct 15 Zhang Xueliang, Chinese ruler of Manchuria (b. 1901)
  • Oct 16 Gotthold Gloger, German writer and painter, dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  • Oct 19 Jagernath Lachmon, Surinamese politician, dies at 85
  • Oct 20 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, bludgeoned to death at 52
  • Oct 23 Ronald William Kirby, British artist, dies at 72
  • Oct 24 Wolf Rüdiger Hess, German neo-Nazi (b. 1937)
  • Oct 31 Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)
  • Nov 3 Ernst Gombrich, Austrian art historian (b. 1909)
  • Nov 5 Barry Horne, a British animal liberation activist.
  • Nov 6 Anthony Shaffer, English dramatist (Sleuth), dies at 75
  • Nov 9 Niels Jannasch, Canadian historian and museum curator, dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Ken Kesey, American author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), dies at 66
  • Nov 19 Marcelle Ferron, Quebec painter and stained glass artist (b. 1924)
  • Nov 21 Salahuddin of Malaysia, King of Malaysia (b. 1926)
  • Nov 22 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (b. 1915)
  • Nov 23 Mary Whitehouse, English social activist who opposed social liberalism and the mainstream British media, dies at 91
  • Nov 25 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Muslim Sufi, author, spiritual leader (b. 1941)
  • Nov 28 William Kienzle, American author (b. 1928)
  • Nov 28 William Reid, British aviator awarded the Victoria Cross (b. 1921)
  • Nov 29 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes), dies at 75
  • Dec 5 Franco Rasetti, Italian physicist (b. 1901)
  • Dec 7 Charles McClendon, LSU Tigers head football coach (b. 1923)
  • Dec 8 Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  • Dec 9 Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • Dec 12 Ardito Desio, Italian explorer and topographer, dies at 104
  • Dec 14 W. G. Sebald, German writer, dies at 57
  • Dec 16 Stefan Heym, German-American author (Crusaders, Family Benda), dies at 88
  • Dec 20 Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegalese poet and 1st President of Senegal (1960-80), dies at 95
  • Dec 23 Bola Ige, Nigerian politician, Minister of Justice, murdered at 71
  • Dec 28 Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
  • Dec 28 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • Dec 31 John Grigg, 2nd Baron Altrincham, British writer and historian, dies at 77