Deaths in History in 2017

  • Jan 1 Derek Parfit, British philosopher who specialized in problems of personal identity, rationality and ethics, dies at 74
  • Jan 2 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90
  • Jan 3 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, dies at 79

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Jan 7 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), dies at 92

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Jan 8 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82
  • Jan 9 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), dies at 91
  • Jan 10 Oliver Smithies, British biochemist (2007 Noble Prize for gene targeting), dies at 91
  • Jan 10 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty, dies at 59
  • Jan 13 Anthony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), dies at 111
  • Jan 16 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82
  • Jan 19 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99
  • Jan 21 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • Jan 23 Lee O’Denat, American internet entrepreneur (WorldStarHipHop.com), dies of heart disease at 43
  • Jan 25 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84
  • Feb 5 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 8 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, dies at 45
  • Feb 8 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), dies at 83
  • Feb 8 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, dies in prison at 77
  • Feb 11 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • Feb 16 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), dies at 89
  • Feb 18 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93
  • Feb 21 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), dies at 95
  • Feb 22 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), dies at 92
  • Feb 23 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), dies at 87
  • Feb 25 Boaz Vaadia, Israeli-born sculptor who worked in America, dies of cancer at 65
  • Feb 26 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), dies at 97
  • Feb 26 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, dies at 93
  • Mar 1 Paula Fox, American writer for children (The Slave Dancer) and adults, dies at 92
  • Mar 3 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), dies at 74
  • Mar 3 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • Mar 4 Clayton Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], American cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, dies at 91
  • Mar 5 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), dies at 100
  • Mar 7 Hans Dehmelt, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 1989), dies at 94
  • Mar 9 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89
  • Mar 17 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), dies at 88
  • Mar 19 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), dies at 85
  • Mar 20 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 101
  • Mar 20 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), dies at 87

  • Mar 21 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of a heart condition at 66
  • Mar 21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • Mar 21 Chuck Barris, american TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), dies at 87
  • Mar 22 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, dies at 69
  • Mar 25 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), dies at 82
  • Mar 27 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • Mar 29 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Donald Harvey, American serial killer, healthcare worker who killed at least 37 patients, dies after being attacked in prison at 64
  • Mar 31 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist, designed the rainbow flag, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 James Rosenquist, American pop artist, dies at 83
  • Apr 1 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 8 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88
  • Apr 22 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • Apr 24 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), dies at 89
  • Apr 27 Julius Youngner, American virologist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, dies at 96
  • Apr 30 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, dies in a climbing accident in Nepal at 40
  • May 1 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97 ), dies at 78
  • May 1 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84
  • May 2 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), dies at 85
  • May 4 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), dies at 95
  • May 9 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, dies at 89
  • May 12 Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland (1982-94), dies at 93
  • May 15 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), dies in prison at 79
  • May 18 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), dies at 77
  • May 18 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer and founder of the Venus Project, dies at 101
  • May 23 Alexander Burdonsky, Russian theater director and Joseph Stalin's grandson, dies at 75
  • May 26 Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American national security advisor to President Carter (1977-1981), dies at 89

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May 29 Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), dies at 83

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • May 29 Constantine Mitsotakis [Konstantinos Mitsotakis], Prime Minister of Greece (1990 –1993), dies at 98
  • Jun 6 Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi businessman (arms dealing), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), dies at 90

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Jun 16 Helmut Kohl, German chancellor (West Germany, 1982-90, unified Germany, 1990-98), dies at 87

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • Jun 18 Hope Ryden, American wildlife activist and photographer, dies at 87
  • Jun 18 Lord Joffe [Joel Goodman Joffe], South African-born British lawyer (instructing solicitor for Nelson Mandela’s defence team) and businessman, dies at 85
  • Jul 1 Norman Dorsen, American lawyer, human rights advocate and president of the American Civil Liberties Union, dies of complications from a stroke at 86
  • Jul 3 Spencer Johnson, American author (Who Moved My Cheese?), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • Jul 10 Betty Dukes, American Walmart employee who fought against gender discrimination (2001 Betty Dukes v. Walmart lawsuit) dies at 67
  • Jul 13 Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist, dies from liver cancer at 61
  • Jul 14 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian Mathematician, dies of breast cancer at 40
  • Aug 3 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Vernon "Vern" Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), dies of complications from Alzheimers disease at 83
  • Aug 18 Brian Aldiss, British sci-fi author (Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, Helliconia trilogy), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Charles R Bentley, American pioneer or polar science, dies from complications of Parkinson’s disease at 87
  • Aug 21 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), dies at 88
  • Aug 23 [Jacob] "Jack" Rosenthal, American journalist and government official, dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Aug 24 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), dies of cancer at 83