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Deaths in History in 2013

  • Jan 2 Margaret A. Brewer, American soldier & first female general officer in US Marine Corps, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Soviet fighter pilot, dies at 94
  • Jan 5 Bruce McCarty, American architect, dies at 92
  • Jan 7 Fred L. Turner, American businessman (CEO of McDonalds, 1977-2004), dies from complications of pneumonia at 80
  • Jan 8 Kenojuak Ashevak, Canadian Inuit artist, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • Jan 8 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92
  • Jan 9 James M. Buchanan, American economist (Nobel Memorial 1986), dies at 93
  • Jan 10 Evan Connell, American author, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Aaron H. Swartz, American computer programmer, dies from an apparent suicide at 26
  • Jan 11 Lars Werner, Swedish communist leader, dies at 77
  • Jan 15 Jennings Michael Burch, American writer (They Cage the Animals at Night), dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Abigail Van Buren [Pauline Phillips], American columnist and radio show host known for "Dear Abby" advice column, twin sister of fellow advice columnist Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer), dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 94
  • Jan 21 Alden Winship Clausen, American banker (President of World Bank), dies at 89
  • Jan 22 Ellen Blazer [Esther Clara Blazer], Dutch TV director (Sonja), dies at 81
  • Jan 26 Hiroshi Nakajima, Japanese doctor, dies at 84
  • Jan 29 Frank Hahn, British economist, dies at 87

Person of interestEd Koch

Feb 1 Ed Koch, American congressman and New York City Mayor (1977-89), dies of heart failure at 88

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch
  • Feb 2 Chris Kyle, American sniper, is shot at 38
  • Feb 3 Cardiss Collins, American politician (first African-American woman to represent the Midwest in Congress), dies at 81
  • Feb 4 Theresia van der Pant, Dutch sculptor, dies at 88
  • Feb 5 Stuart Freeborn, English motion picture make-up artist, dies at 98
  • Feb 9 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99
  • Feb 10 Eugenio Trias, Spanish philosopher, dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukrainian politician and diplomat (UN General Assembly President, 1997-98), dies at 81
  • Feb 19 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), dies at 75
  • Feb 25 C Everett Koop, American pediatric surgeon, health administrator and 13th US Surgeon General (1982-89), dies at 96
  • Feb 27 Stephane Hessel, German-born French diplomat, dies at 95
  • Feb 28 Bruce Reynolds, English criminal, dies at 81
  • Feb 28 Donald A. Glaser, American physicist (Nobel 1960), dies at 86

Person of interestHugo Chávez

Mar 5 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, dies from respiratory failure at 58

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Mar 7 Elmar Tampõld, Estonian-Canadian architect, dies at 92
  • Mar 14 Mirja Hietamies, Finnish skier, dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Booth Gardner, American politician, dies from Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Mar 17 Jan van Houwelingen, Dutch politician (Undersecretary of Defense (CDA), dies at 73
  • Mar 18 Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Pakistani general and fighter ace, dies at 77
  • Mar 20 James Herbert, British horror writer, dies at 69

Person of interestChinua Achebe

Mar 21 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist (Things Fall Apart), dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • Mar 22 Aya Zikken, Dutch author (Atlasvlinder, Rameh), dies at 93
  • Mar 23 David Bond, British sailor, dies at 90
  • Mar 24 Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author, dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Anthony Lewis, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize 195,1963) & author, dies from kidney and heart failure at 85
  • Mar 26 Yury Rudov, Soviet fencer, dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Carmine Infantino, American comic book artist, dies at 87
  • Apr 7 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), dies at 94
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Apr 9 David Hayes, American sculptor, dies from leukemia at 82
  • Apr 9 Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese French painter (Juin-Octobre 1985), dies at 93
  • Apr 10 Robert Edwards, British physiologist, IVF pioneer, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Apr 10 Raymond Boudon, French sociologist, dies at 79
  • Apr 11 Hilary Koprowski, Polish virologist and immunologist, dies at 96
  • Apr 14 Dennis Moran, American computer hacker, dies from overdose at 30
  • Apr 15 Sal Castro, Mexican-American activist, dies from thyroid cancer at 79
  • Apr 19 Patrick Garland, British director (Doll House), dies at 78
  • Apr 19 François Jacob, French biologist and bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Howard Phillips, American politician, dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Apr 20 Struther Arnott, Scottish molecular biologist and chemist (cancer research), dies at 78
  • Apr 21 Leopold Engleitner, Austrian Holocaust survivor, dies at 107

Person of interestShakuntala Devi

Apr 21 Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer and mental calculator known as the "Human Computer", stops calculating at 83 due to complications from severe respiratory problems

Writer and Mathematician Shakuntala Devi
Writer and Mathematician
Shakuntala Devi
  • Apr 23 Robert W. Edgar, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • May 4 Christian de Duve, British cytologist and biochemist (Nobel 1974), dies from euthanasia at 95
  • May 4 Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician, dies at 98
  • May 5 Sarah Kirsch, German poet, dies at 78
  • May 6 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • May 8 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), dies at 88
  • May 13 Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • May 16 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), dies at 79
  • May 16 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88
  • May 17 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinean dictator, dies from complications from a fall at 87
  • May 22 Fusilier Lee Rigby, British Army soldier, murdered near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London by two Islamic terrorists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale
  • May 26 Jack Vance, American sci-fi author, dies at 96
  • May 31 Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser, dies from tornado injuries at 55
  • Jun 2 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), dies at 86
  • Jun 3 Frank Lautenberg, American Politician, dies from complications from pneumonia at 89
  • Jun 5 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish paramilitary and political leader of Sinn Féin, dies at 80
  • Jun 6 Jerome Karle, American chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 94
  • Jun 6 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • Jun 7 Pierre Mauroy, Prime Minister of France (1981-84), dies from lung cancer at 84
  • Jun 8 Paul Cellucci, American politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 65
  • Jun 8 John Boyd [Boyd Bradfield Upchurch], American sci-fi author (The Last Starship from Earth), dies at 93
  • Jun 9 Iain Banks, Scottish author, dies from gallbladder cancer at 59
  • Jun 10 Barbara Vucanovich, American politician, dies at 91
  • Jun 11 Robert Fogel, American economic historian (Nobel Prize 1993), dies at 86
  • Jun 15 Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist (Nobel 1982), dies from lymphoma at 77
  • Jun 19 Gyula Horn, Hungarian Prime Minister (1994-8), dies at 80
  • Jun 19 Glyn England, British electrical engineer and CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd), dies at 92
  • Jun 24 Emilio Colombo, Italian Prime Minister (1970-72, dies at 93
  • Jun 26 Bert Stern, American photographer, dies at 83
  • Jul 1 William Gray III, American politician, dies from natural causes at 71
  • Jul 1 William H. Gray III, American politician (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), dies at 71
  • Jul 2 Arlan Stangeland, American politician, dies at 83

Person of interestDouglas Engelbart

Jul 2 Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist (computer mouse, Engelbart's Law), dies at 88

Computer Scientist Douglas Engelbart
Computer Scientist
Douglas Engelbart

  • Jul 2 Sef Imkamp, Dutch politician, dies at 88
  • Jul 2 Anthony Llewellyn, Welsh-American scientist and NASA astronaut, dies at 80
  • Jul 2 Fawzia Fuad, Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, dies at 91
  • Jul 3 Radu Vasile, Prime Minister of Romania (1998-99), dies at 70
  • Jul 7 Donald J. Irwin, American politician (32nd Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut), dies from heart failure at 86
  • Jul 11 Eugene Wilkinson, American naval officer, dies at 94
  • Jul 11 Robert Crichton-Brown, Australian businessman and CEO (Rothmans International), dies at 93
  • Jul 12 Amar Bose, American entrepreneur and academic (M.I.T., Bose Corporation), dies at 83
  • Jul 16 Barun De, Indian historian, dies at 80
  • Jul 26 Rolf Haufs, German writer, dies at 77
  • Jul 27 Lindy Boggs [Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs], American political administrator, dies from natural causes at 97
  • Jul 28 William Scranton, American Republican Party politician and diplomat, dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 96
  • Aug 3 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, dies of natural causes at 87
  • Aug 4 Sandy Woodward [John Forster], English admiral (British Naval Task Force, Falklands War), dies at 81
  • Aug 17 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, dies at 83
  • Aug 19 José Sarria, American political activist, drag queen and 1st openly gay candidate for public office in the US (1961), dies of adrenal cancer at 90
  • Aug 20 Elmore Leonard, American author (Glitz, Mr Majestyk, Touch, 52 Pick-Up), dies from complications from a stroke at 87
  • Aug 23 William Glasser, American psychiatrist, dies from respiratory failure from pneumonia at 88

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

Aug 30 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), dies at 74

  • Sep 2 Frederik Pohl, American sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Gateway, Bipohl), dies at 93
  • Sep 2 Paul Scoon, Grenadian politician (2nd Governor-General of Grenada (1978-92)), dies at 78
  • Sep 2 Ronald Coase, British economist (Nobel Prize in Economics 1991), dies at 102
  • Sep 3 Ariel Castro, Puerto Rican-born American criminal famous for kidnapping 3 women between 2002-4, commits suicide 1 month into his life sentence at 53
  • Sep 10 Clay Shaw, American politician (Rep-R-FL, 1981-2007), dies from lung cancer at 74

Person of interestRay Dolby

Sep 12 Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), dies of leukemia at 80

Inventor Ray Dolby
Inventor
Ray Dolby
  • Sep 12 Ray Milton Dolby, American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR, dies of leukemia at 80
  • Sep 14 Stefan Wewerka, German architect and sculptor, dies at 84
  • Sep 22 David Hubel, Canadian-born American neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Sep 23 Ruth Patrick, American botanist and limnologist, dies at 105
  • Sep 23 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), dies at 84

  • Oct 1 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), dies aged 66

Person of interestVõ Nguyên Giáp

Oct 4 Võ Nguyên Giáp, Vietnamese general (Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam War) and politician, dies at 102

North Vietnamese General Võ Nguyên Giáp
North Vietnamese General
Võ Nguyên Giáp
  • Oct 8 Rod Grams, American politician and television anchor, dies from cancer at 65
  • Oct 9 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), dies at 97
  • Oct 9 Wilfried Martens, 44th Prime Minister of Belgium (1979-81, 1981-92), dies from pancreatic cancer at 77
  • Oct 9 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • Oct 10 Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), dies from complications from a stroke at 88
  • Oct 12 Oscar Hijuelos, American novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Oct 15 Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, dies at 89
  • Oct 15 Rudolf Friedrich, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1982-84), dies at 90
  • Oct 18 Bill Young, American politician, dies from complications from a back injury at 82
  • Oct 18 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), dies from complications from a stroke at 84
  • Oct 20 Lawrence Klein, American economist who created computer models to forecast economic trends (1980 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences), dies at 93
  • Oct 21 Major R Owens, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1983-2007), dies at 77
  • Oct 23 Bill Mazer, American sports broadcaster (New York institution in sports reporting; sports trivia expert), dies at 92
  • Oct 25 Hal Needham, American stuntman, dies from cancer at 82
  • Oct 28 Ike Skelton, American politician, dies from pneumonia at 81
  • Oct 28 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 1st Prime Minister of Poland (1989-90), dies at 86
  • Nov 11 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, dies at 78
  • Nov 12 Aleksandr Serebrov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17), dies at 69
  • Nov 13 Hans-Jürgen Heise, German writer, dies at 83
  • Nov 16 Chris Argyris, American business theorist and educator, dies at 90
  • Nov 17 Doris Lessing, Iranian novelist and Nobel laureate (Adore, Memoirs of a Survivor, Golden Notebook), dies at 94
  • Nov 17 Omprakash Valmiki, Indian Dalit writer and poet (Joothan), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • Nov 19 Frederick Sanger, British biochemist (Sanger sequencing, Nobel Prize 1958, 1980), dies at 95
  • Nov 19 Charlotte Zolotow, American author and publisher of children's books (When the Wind Stops), dies at 98
  • Nov 20 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), dies at 85
  • Nov 20 Sylvia Browne, American author and self-proclaimed medium dubbed "America's most controversial psychic," dies at 77
  • Nov 28 Mitja Ribičič, Yugoslavian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • Nov 30 Paul Crouch, American televangelist (Trinity Broadcasting Network), dies at 79
  • Nov 30 John Zochonis, British industrialist (PZ Cussons) and philanthropist, dies at 84
  • Dec 2 Jean-Claude Beton, Algerian-born French businessman, entrepreneur and soft-drink manufacturer (Orangina), dies at 88

Person of interestNelson Mandela

Dec 5 Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and President of South Africa (1994-99), dies of a lung infection at 95

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Dec 5 Colin Wilson, English writer (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), dies at 82
  • Dec 8 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), dies at 96
  • Dec 11 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • Dec 15 Harold Camping, American evangelist and founder of Family Radio, dies at 92
  • Dec 21 Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85

Person of interestMikhail Kalashnikov

Dec 23 Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor of the AK-47, dies at 94

  • Dec 28 Andrew Jacobs Jr, American politician (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75-97), dies at 81