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Deaths in History in 2002

  • Jan 3 Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer brewer (Heineken), dies at 78
  • Jan 8 Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 Dave Thomas, American businessman who founded Wendy's Restaurants, dies at 69
  • Jan 10 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (b. 1909)
  • Jan 10 John Buscema, American comics artist (Conan the Barbarian), dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • Jan 12 Cyrus Vance, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (1977-80), dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 16 Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • Jan 17 Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • Jan 17 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Stanley Marcus, American business executive (b. 1905)
  • Jan 22 Kenneth Armitage, English sculptor, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist and anthropologist, dies at 71
  • Jan 23 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (Anarchy, State, and Utopia), dies at 63
  • Jan 24 Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)

  • Jan 24 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane), dies at 81
  • Jan 28 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 29 James Marjoribanks, British ambassador to the European Economic Community, dies at 90
  • Jan 30 Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Austrian born Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • Jan 31 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • Feb 2 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 6 Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
  • Feb 8 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • Feb 9 Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowdon, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II, dies of a stroke at 71
  • Feb 10 Traudl Junge, German secretary to Adolf Hitler, dies at 81
  • Feb 13 Pauline Trigère, French-American fashion designer (Bell Bottoms), dies at 93
  • Feb 15 Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 19 Sylvia Rivera, American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen, dies of liver cancer at 50
  • Feb 20 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing), dies at 94
  • Feb 21 Harold Furth, Austrian-American physicist, dies at 72
  • Feb 21 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, dies at 83
  • Feb 22 Poncke Princen, Dutch anti-Nazi fighter, colonial soldier and human rights activist, dies at 76
  • Feb 22 Charles "Chuck" Jones, American animator and cartoonist best known for his work with Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig), dies of congestive heart failure at 89
  • Feb 22 Jonas Savimbi, Angolan revolutionary politician and military leader who founded the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), dies in combat with Angolan government troops at 67

  • Feb 22 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and Governor (New South Wales), dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • Mar 4 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • Mar 11 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Mar 12 Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • Mar 12 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Quebec painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 13 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Mar 14 Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
  • Mar 14 Cherry Barbara Grimm [Lockett], New Zealand sci-fi author (Nearest Fire), dies at 71
  • Mar 17 Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • Mar 17 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), dies at 90
  • Mar 18 R. A. Lafferty, American sci-fi writer (Devil is Dead), dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Herman Talmadge, American politician (70th Governor of Georgia), dies at 88
  • Mar 24 César Milstein, Argentine biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1984), dies at 74
  • Mar 29 Rachel Levy and Ayat al-Akhras, Israeli and Palestinian children

Person of interestQueen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Mar 30 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, dies at 101

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Apr 1 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • Apr 2 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Apr 15 Damon Francis Knight, American sci-fi author (CV, Beyond the Barrier), dies at 79
  • Apr 16 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)

Person of interestThor Heyerdahl

Apr 18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist & explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 23 Manfred Bieler, German writer (The Rabbit is Me), dies at 67
  • Apr 25 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser, German spree killer, dies at 19
  • Apr 27 George Alec Effinger, American author, dies at 55
  • Apr 27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • Apr 27 Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Dutch-Swiss industrialist, dies at 81
  • Apr 28 Alexander Lebed, Russian general, dies at 52
  • Apr 29 Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist, dies at 100
  • Apr 30 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)
  • May 2 W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  • May 3 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • May 5 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • May 5 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, dies at 98
  • May 6 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • May 7 Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist and Photographer (b. 1962)
  • May 10 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • May 11 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mafioso & crime boss of the Bonanno crime family, dies of heart failure at 97
  • May 11 Renaude Lapointe, French-Canadian journalist & senator, dies at 90
  • May 16 Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)
  • May 17 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (The Lighter Side of...), dies at 81

Person of interestJames Chichester-Clark

May 17 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), dies at 79

Prime Minister of Northern Ireland James Chichester-Clark
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
James Chichester-Clark
  • May 19 John Gorton, Australian politician, 19th Prime Minister of Australia (1968-71), dies at 90
  • May 19 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), dies at 84

Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

May 20 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, dies of cancer at 60

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • May 21 Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor, dies at 71
  • May 24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • May 29 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • May 31 Eric Boyland, English biochemist (cancer research), dies at 97
  • Jun 4 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 7 Lilian Baels, Princess of Réthy, English 2nd wife of Belgian king Leopold III, dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Gotti

Jun 10 John Gotti, American mafia gangster and head of the Gambino family, dies of throat cancer at 61

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Jun 10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner, dies at 75
  • Jun 12 Bill Blass, American fashion designer, dies at 79

  • Jun 13 John Hope, American meteorologist (b. 1919)
  • Jun 14 June Jordan, Caribbean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • Jun 15 Choi Hong Hi, South Korean army general and Founder of Taekwon-Do, dies at 83
  • Jun 17 J. Carter Brown, American art director (Washington National Gallery), dies at 67
  • Jun 20 Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • Jun 22 Ann Landers [Eppie Lederer], American advice columnist "Ask Ann Landers," twin sister of fellow advice columnist "Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren), dies of bone marrow cancer at 83
  • Jun 24 Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)
  • Jun 24 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), dies at 86
  • Jun 25 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 26 Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • Jun 29 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Jun 30 Chico Xavier, popular medium in Brazil´s spiritism movement (b. 1910)
  • Jul 4 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • Jul 4 Mansoor Hekmat, Iranian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jul 4 Winnifred Quick, American Titanic survivor (b. 1904)
  • Jul 6 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (b. 1932)
  • Jul 7 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian business tycoon (b. 1933)
  • Jul 9 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 9 Kenneth Snowman, British jeweller and antiquarian, dies at 82
  • Jul 10 Jean-Pierre Côté, French Canadian politician and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1926)

Person of interestEdward Lee Howard

Jul 12 Edward Lee Howard, CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy, dies at 50 after breaking his neck during a fall

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • Jul 13 Yousuf Karsh, Turkish-born Armenian photographer (b. 1908)
  • Jul 14 Joaquín Balaguer, President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1906)
  • Jul 16 John Cocke, American computer scientist (b. 1925)
  • Jul 18 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 19 Alan Lomax, American folksong collector (b. 1915)
  • Jul 21 John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), dies at 84
  • Jul 23 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, dies at 68
  • Jul 23 Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (b. 1929)
  • Jul 25 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian existentialist philosopher (b. 1917)

  • Jul 26 Jutta Hecker, German writer, dies at 97
  • Jul 31 Jerome Beatty Jr., American author of children's literature (Matthew and Maria Looney books), dies at 85
  • Aug 4 Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Soham murder victims, murdered by Ian Kevin Huntley at 10
  • Aug 5 Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (b. 1920)
  • Aug 6 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)
  • Aug 9 Peter Neville, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist
  • Aug 10 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, dies at 75
  • Aug 11 Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountain climber (b. 1940)
  • Aug 16 Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • Aug 24 Nikolay Guryanov Russian Orthodox Christian mystic and priest (b. 1909)
  • Aug 25 Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • Aug 27 Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, "Father of the Modern Day Men's Movement," Founder of the Christian Men's Network (CMN)
  • Aug 31 George Porter, British chemist (Nobel 1967), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach, dies at 87
  • Sep 3 W. Clement Stone, American entrepreneur (positive mental attitude philosophy), dies at 100
  • Sep 5 David Todd Wilkinson, American astronomer, author of the first study of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (b. 1935)
  • Sep 7 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), dies at 78
  • Sep 9 Geoffrey Dummer, British electronics engineer, built first integrated circuit and work in radar, dies at 93
  • Sep 13 Douglas Black, Scottish physician and medical scientist (played a key role in the development of the National Health Service), dies at 89
  • Sep 18 Andres Burnier [Catharina Irma Dessaur], Dutch criminologist and author (Jongensuur), dies at 71
  • Sep 19 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-English writer (Holland's Glory), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 Lord Abinger [James Richard Scarlett], English Conservative peer, campaigned for reform of the ancient law on treasure trove, dies at 87
  • Sep 24 Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (b. 1953)
  • Sep 24 Mike Webster, National Football League player (b. 1952)
  • Sep 28 Patsy Mink, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1927)
  • Sep 29 Edmund Trebus, probably best known for his appearance on A Life of Grime (b. 1918)
  • Sep 30 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)

  • Oct 1 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Oct 2 Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • Oct 3 Robert Krausz, Stock market advisor and investor (b. 1936)
  • Oct 3 John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), dies at 79
  • Oct 4 Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics (b. 1917)
  • Oct 6 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1926)
  • Oct 9 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)

Person of interestStephen E. Ambrose

Oct 13 Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian (Band of Brothers), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • Oct 16 Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • Oct 18 Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33), dies at 70
  • Oct 18 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), dies at 67
  • Oct 22 Queen Geraldina of the Albanians (b. 1915)
  • Oct 23 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, dies at 96
  • Oct 24 Winton M. Blount, United States Postmaster General (b. 1921)
  • Oct 24 Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • Oct 25 Paul Wellstone, American politician (Sen-D-Minnesota 1991-2002), dies in a plane crash at 58
  • Oct 26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • Oct 26 Movsar Barayev, Chechen Islamist militia leader during the Second Chechen War, dies at 23
  • Oct 28 Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • Oct 30 William Mitchell, British physicist, dies at 77
  • Oct 31 Lionel Poilâne, French baker and entrepreneur, dies at 57
  • Oct 31 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician and 1st President of Greece, dies at 99
  • Nov 2 Charles Sheffield, American author and physicist (b. 1935)
  • Nov 6 Sid Sackson, American board game designer (Asquire), dies at 82
  • Nov 7 Rudolf Augstein, German publisher (b. 1923)
  • Nov 7 Charles Hambro, English banker, multi-millionaire and CEO (Hambros), dies at 72
  • Nov 8 Jaun Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, dies at 70
  • Nov 9 William Schutz, American psychologist (b. 1925)
  • Nov 13 Rishikesh Shaha, Nepalese politician and writer (b. 1925)
  • Nov 15 Myra Hindley, English murderess (murdered 5 small children with Ian Brady), dies at 60

  • Nov 17 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)
  • Nov 23 Roberto Matta, Chilean painter (b. 1911)
  • Nov 24 John Rawls, political philosopher (b. 1921)
  • Nov 25 Karel Reisz, Czech theater director (b. 1926)
  • Nov 26 Verne Winchell, American doughnut entrepreneur (b. 1915)
  • Dec 2 Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
  • Dec 2 Arno Peters, German historian (b. 1916)
  • Dec 5 Ne Win, Burmese leader (b. 1911)
  • Dec 6 Philip Berrigan, American peace activist and Roman Catholic priest, dies at 79
  • Dec 9 Ian Hornak, American Painter, Draughtsman and Sculptor (b. 1944)
  • Dec 9 Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • Dec 10 Andres Küng, Swedish-Estonian politician and journalist, dies at 57
  • Dec 12 Dee Brown, American author (b. 1908)
  • Dec 12 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted mass murderer, dies at 37
  • Dec 18 Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1934)
  • Dec 18 Wayne Owens, former U.S. Congressman (D-Utah) (b. 1937)
  • Dec 22 Hugh Desmond Hoyte, Guyanese politician and President of Guyana (1985-92), dies at 73
  • Dec 23 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet and writer, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)