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Obituary Events in 2001

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Jan. 3:

Noted Gandhian, Dr. Sushila Nayyar (95), at Sevagram, near Wardha in Maharashtra.

Jan. 12:

Mr. William Hewlett (87), co-founder, Hewlett-Packard Co. and pioneer of Silicon Valley, in his sleep in Pao Alto, California.

Jan. 18:

Auberon Waugh (61), English man of letters and son of novelist, Evelyn Waugh, of a heart condition, in Somerset.

Jan. 25:

The senior BJP leader, Mrs. Vijayaraje Scindia (82), at the Apollo Hospital, New Delhi after a prolonged illness.


Feb. 6:

The former Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr.V.N. Gadgil, of a cardiac arrest at the AIIMS, New Delhi.

Feb. 19:

Charles Trenet (87), France's legendary `Singing Madman', of a cerebral stroke, in a hospital near Paris.

The Myanmar Army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Tin Oo, in a helicopter crash in the South-Western part of the country.

Feb. 20:

Veteran CPI leader and longest serving Parliamentarian, Mr. Indrajit Gupta (82), of cancer at his residence, in Kolkata.

Feb. 25:

Australian cricketing legend, Sir Donald Bradman (92) in sleep at his Adelaide home.


March 12:

Suspense novelist, Robert Ludlum (73), in Naples, Florida.

March 22:

Animation legend William Hanna (90), who with partner Joseph Barbera created such characters as Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, at his home in North Hollywood.


April 6:

The former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Devi Lal (87), following a cardiac arrest at the Apollo Hospital, New Delhi.

April 12:

The NASSCOM president, Mr. Dewang Mehta (38), of a heart attack, in Sydney.

April 23:

Veteran parliamentarian and grandson of `Lokmanya' Balagangadhar Tilak, Mr. Jayantrao Tilak (80), in Pune following a massive heart attack.


May 1:

Saeeda Bano (87), the first woman broadcaster of AIR, in New Delhi, after a brief illness.

May 10:

Mr. Sudhakarrao Naik (67), the former Maharashtra Chief Minister, following a heart attack in a Mumbai hospital.

Prof. B.R. Grover (77), the Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research, after a massive heart attack, in New Delhi.

May 13:

Renowned novelist, Mr. R. K. Narayan (95), creator of the famous fictional village, Malgudi, at a private hospital in Chennai.

May 23:

Mr. P. Ramachandran (80), the former Kerala Governor and Union Minister, after a brief illness, in Chennai

Mr. Ram Dhan (80), who formed the `Young Turk' group in the Congress and arrested during the Emergency, in New Delhi after a brief illness.

May 28:

Dr. V. Ramalingaswami (80), renowned medical scientist and former Director of AIIMS, of cancer in New Delhi.

May 31:

Mr. Henry ``Hank'' Ketcham (81), creator of ``Dennis the Menace'', of a heart attack, at his home in Carmel, California.


June 3:

Two time Oscar winner, Mr.Anthony Quinn (86), in Boston of respiratory failure.

June 17:

Mohammad Yunus (85), nephew of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan , after protracted illness, at the AIIMS, New Delhi.

June 19:

The former Union Minister, Mr.C.R.Pattabhiraman (94) at his residence in Alwarpet, Chennai after a brief illness.

June 21:

Veteran music director, Mr.K.V.Mahadevan (83), at his home in Chennai.

June 26:

The former Governor of Orissa and Goa and a veteran trade union leader, Mr.G.Ramanujam (86), in Chennai after a brief illness.


July 10:

The West Bengal Left Front chairman and CPI(M) politburo member, Mr. Sailen Dasgupta (81), in Mumbai.

Mr. Humayun Rashid Chowdhury (72), Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament and a former president of the U.N. General Assembly, of a cardiac arrest, in Dhaka.

July 21:

One of Tamil cinema's legendary actors, Mr. `Sivaji' Ganesan (74), of a cardiac ailment, in Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.

July 28:

Former Orissa Minister and noted environmentalist, Mr. Banka Behari Das (79), in Bhubaneswar.


Aug. 6:

The former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Adhar Kumar Chatterji (87), in New Delhi.

Aug. 23:

Mr. Fred Hoyle (86), the English astronomer credited with coining the phrase ''Big Bang`` to describe academic theory on the creation of the Cosmos, in London.

Aug. 30:

The TMC president and long time associate of Kamaraj, Mr. G.K. Moopanar (70), at a private hospital, in Chennai.

Mr. Govan Mbeki (91), one of the greatest leaders of the liberation struggle in South Africa and father of the President, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, at his home in Port Elizabeth.


Sept. 2:

Dr. Christiaan Barnard (78), pioneering South African surgeon who made medical history in 1967 with the world's first heart transplant, in Cyprus.

Sept. 11:

Mr. Samar Choudhary, (71), former Tripura Home Minister and a Lok Sabha MP, at the AIIMS, New Delhi.

Sept. 20:

Gen. Marcos Perez Jimenez (86), Venezuelan ex-dictator, who ruled the country with an iron first between 1948-58, in Spain.

Sept. 23:

Mr. Issac Stern (81), considered the supreme violin virtuoso of the 20th Century, in New York.

Sept. 27:

Mr. Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy (81), Congress stalwart and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, in Hyderabad.

Sept. 29:

Mr. Nguyen Van Thieu (78), the former South Vietnamese President, who led his nation in the war that tore apart Vietnam, at a hospital, in Boston, the U.S.


Oct. 23:

Mr. Win Chadha (77), one of the key accused in the multi-crore Bofors case, following a heart attack, at his farmhouse in south-west Delhi.

Oct. 26:

Mrs. Maragatham Chandrasekar (84), a former Union Minister and five-term Lok Sabha member, in a Chennai hospital.

Oct. 31:

Mr. B.K. Nehru (92), a distinguished diplomat and former Governor of Gujarat, at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh.


Nov. 1:

Mr. Juan Bosch (92), first democratically elected President of the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo after a lengthy stay in hospital.

Nov. 21:

The Malaysian King, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (75), in Kuala Lumpur after a two-month long hospital stay in Singapore.

Nov. 26:

Mr. Joe Modise (72), a veteran leader of South Africa's liberation movement and Defence Minister in the Nelson Mandela Cabinet, in Cape Town.

Nov. 30:

Mr. George Harrison (58) the youngest and lead guitarist of the Beatles, at a friend's home in Los Angeles, after a long battle with cancer.


Dec. 10:

Mr. Ashok Kumar (90), the Grand Old Man of Bollywood, at his Chembur residence, in Mumbai, after prolonged illness.

Dec. 11:

L.R.N. Dandekar (93), renowned Indologist and Vedic scholar, at a nursing home, in Pune.

Dec. 19:

Mrs. Suseela Gopalan (72), former Kerala Minister and wife of legendary Marxist leader, Mr. A. K. Gopalan, in Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr. Wang Ruowang (83), one of the ``fathers'' of political dissent in China, in exile in the U.S.

Dec. 20:

Mr. Leopold Sedar Senghor (95), former Senegalese President, in Normandy, France.

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