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2015 Necrology
What is a necrology? A necrology is a listing of people who have died during a specific time period. Find A Grave necrologies let you browse the names and faces of the 75 most famous people who have died during a selected year, all the way back to 1900. They are listed in order of their Find A Grave 'fame ranking', as voted by Find A Grave contributors. To view a necrology, simply select a year from the pop up list below. You can optionally select a category to restrict the list even further (just actors, just politicians, etc.). To visit the memorial page for any of the names listed on a necrology, click on their name or photo.
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Donna Douglas (1932 - 2015)
American Actress. Douglas, who grew up in Baton Rouge, will best be remembered for her role as Elly May Clampett in the 1960s CBS television series, 'The Beverly Hillbillies'. Born Doris Smith, she attended a Catholic High School where she was active in sports. In 1957, she was named "Miss Baton Rou...
 
Ernie Banks (1931 - 2015)
Hall of Fame Baseball Player. A career .274 right-handed batter, he amassed 512 homeruns and 2,583 hits during his 18-year Major League career, which was spent entirely with the Chicago Cubs. He was a 14-time All-Star, a 2-time National League MVP and won a gold glove at shortstop in 1960. Most of h...
 
Rod Taylor (1930 - 2015)
Actor. A handsome, rugged leading man who played in a wide range of motion pictures, he may be best remembered by movie audiences for the films "The Time Machine" (1960), "The Birds" (1963) and "Darker than Amber" (1970). Born Rodney Sturt Taylor, his father was a construction contractor, his mother...
 
James Dickens (1920 - 2015)
Musician. Grand Ole Opry star. Known as Little Jimmy Dickens, he was an American country music singer famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11", and his rhinestone-studded outfits. He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a member of the Country Music Hall o...
 
Anita Ekberg (1931 - 2015)
Actress. Born Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg, she will be best remembered for her performance in the film "La Dolce Vita" (1960) by Federico Fellini. During her career she starred in over 70 films including "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" by Charles Lamont (1953), "Blood Alley" by William A. Wellman...
 
Andraé Crouch (1942 - 2015)
Musician, Songwriter, Arranger, Record Producer and Pastor. Andraé Edward Crouch was often referred to as “the father of modern gospel music” and composed such songs as The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon. He formed a gospel group called the ...
 
Darrell Winfield (1929 - 2015)
Advertising Figure. For over two decades, he was the macho cowboy Marlboro Man whose face was on billboard signs, in advertisements, magazines and television ads. Discovered by executives from the Leo Burnett ad agency while he was working on the Quarter Circle 5 Ranch in western Wyoming. His rugged...
 
Dallas Taylor (1948 - 2015)
Rock Musician. A drummer, he will be best remembered for his work with Crosby, Stills and Nash. Born Dallas Woodrow Taylor, Jr., his father was a stunt pilot, Dallas was raised in San Antonio and Phoenix. His parents divorced during his early youth and at the age of thirteen, he lost his mother to a...
 
Mario Cuomo (1932 - 2015)
Governor of New York. His parents owned a store when he grew up in Queens, and he attended St. John's Preparatory School. He played professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, but had to quit after an injury. He completed his bachelor's degree at St. John’s University in 1953 and g...
 
Stuart Scott (1965 - 2015)
Television Sports Commentator, Journalist, Actor. He will be best remembered for his work on ESPN's "SportsCenter" from 1993 until his death. He earned the reputation as being one of the hardest working and respected sportscasters, during the course of his career. Raised in North Carolina, he receiv...
 
Edward Brooke (1919 - 2015)
US Senator. Born Edward William Brooke III, he graduated from Howard University in 1941 and served in the Army during World War II, seeing combat in Italy as an officer in the segregated 366th Infantry Regiment, and earning a Bronze Star Medal and other awards. He graduated from Boston University La...
 
Joe Franklin (1926 - 2015)
Television Personality, Author. Nicknamed "The King of Nostalgia". Regarded by many as a pioneer of the television talk show format, his program "The Joe Franklin Show" ran for more than 40-years from 1950 until 1993. At one point, he earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the long...
 
Ervin Drake (1919 - 2015)
Songwriter. He will perhaps be best remembered for penning the song "It Was a Very Good Year" (1961), which became a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1965. Born Ervin Maurice Druckman, the son of European-Jewish parents, his father was a wholesale furniture distributor, Ervin developed a fondness for music ...
 
Wendell Ford (1924 - 2015)
US Senator, Governor of Kentucky. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the State of Kentucky's 53rd Governor from 1971 until 1974. He represented the State of Kentucky in the United States Senate from 1974 until 1999. He held the position of United States Senate Majority Whip from 1991 unt...
 
Don Harron (1924 - 2015)
Actor and comedian. He entertained TV audiences in Canada and the U.S. for decades with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson. In 1956 he co-wrote the script for the television musical “Anne of Green Gables.” Later, in 1965, he adapted the production for stage and called it “Anne of Green Gables –...
 
Kim Fowley (1939 - 2015)
Singer, Musician and Producer. Fowley, who has been described as "one of the most colorful characters in the annals of rock & roll", will best be remembered for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1959, he began working in the music industry in va...
 
Bill Jessup (1929 - 2015)
Professional Football Player. For eight seasons (1951 to 1954 and 1956 to 1960), he played at the offensive end and flanker positions in the National, Canadian and American Football Leagues with the San Francisco 49ers, British Columbia Lions and Denver Broncos. Born William Dean Jessup, he attended...
 
Taylor Negron (1957 - 2015)
American Actor, Writer, Painter and Comedian. Brad Taylor Negron is probably best known for "The Last Boy Scout", "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", "Easy Money", "Young Doctors In Love", "Angels In the Outfield", and nine appearances on "The Dating Game". He grew up in La Cañada, California. Taylor wr...
 
Arch Moore (1923 - 2015)
US Congressman, Governor of West Virginia. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of West Virginia's 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1957 until 1969. He served as the 28th and 30th Governor of the State of West Virginia (from 1969 until 19...
 
Robert Stone (1937 - 2015)
Author, Screenwriter. He will be best remembered for penning the novel "Dog Soldiers" (1974), which was made into a motion picture adaptation titled "Who'll Stop the Rain" (1978). He had a difficult childhood, as his father abandoned him and his mother suffered from schizophrenia, which required a l...
 
Jeff Golub (1955 - 2015)
American Musician. Golub was a guitarist who crossed seamlessly between jazz, blues and rock. He played his first gig in 1967 at age 12 and studied at the Berklee College of Music before he worked in singer James Montgomery’s band while in Boston. In 1980, he moved to New York, where he joined Billy...
 
Patsy Garrett (1921 - 2015)
Entertainer. Born Virginia Garrett, both her parents were Vaudeville performers, she was raised in Richmond, Virginia and by the age of seven, she had her own children's radio program. Her national break came at the age of seventeen, when she landed a regular spot as a singer on Fred Waring's progra...
 
Tim Drummond (1940 - 2015)
Rock Musician. A bass player, he will be best remembered for his work with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Born Timothy Lee Drummond, his father served with the United States Air Force, Tim spent some time living in South Carolina, prior to returning to his native Illinois, where ...
 
Tony Verna (1933 - 2015)
Inventor, Television Director, Producer. He will be best remembered for devising television's instant replay which revolutionized the coverage of sporting events. The Philadelphia native began his career as a TV director for the local station WCAU-TV. The concept of instant replay was initiated by V...
 
Hank Peters (1924 - 2015)
Major League Baseball Executive. He was best known as the architect of the 1983 World Series Champion Baltimore Orioles and and also revived baseball in Cleveland. He began his baseball career as a scout for the St. Louis Browns in 1946 and became farm director for the Kansas City Athletics in 1955....
 
Bill Hart (1934 - 2015)
Actor, Stuntman. Born Billy Gene Welch, he was regarded as one of the best stuntmen in Hollywood, who acted and appeared in over 150 movies and numerous television shows. After serving in the US Marine Corps in Korea, he moved to North Hollywood, California, in the late 1950s and began a career in t...
 
H. Kenney (1926 - 2015)
Television Director, Producer. During the course of his career, he earned numerous Emmy Awards and nominations for his producing of soap operas including "General Hospital", "The Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless". Born Harry Wesley Kenney, Jr., he served with the United States Navy...
 
Bob Wilson (1929 - 2015)
Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster. From 1964 to 1967 and from 1971 until 1994, he served as the radio play-by-play man with the Boston Bruins. Born Robert Henry Castellon, he served with the United States Air Force and following his discharge, he attended Boston University and late the Leland Powers S...
 
Clifford Adams (1952 - 2015)
Musician. He was a trombonist most noted for being in the horn section of the popular funk band, “Kool and the Gang”. In his preteen years, he showed a strong appreciation for classical Jazz when he was introduced to the trombone. In 1968, Adams got his professional start when he joined the horn sec...
 
Samuel Goldwyn (1926 - 2015)
Motion Picture Producer, Director. His father was legendary film producer Samuel Goldwyn, his mother was actress Frances Howard, Samuel Jr., lived a lavished childhood within the shadows of Hollywood. Following service with the United States Army during World War II, he went to Britain, where he wor...
 
Lance Percival (1933 - 2015)
Entertainer. He will probably be best remembered for playing the voices of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the animated 'Beatles' TV series (1965 to 1967). Born John Lancelot Blades Percival, he made a name for himself as the political satire singer in the TV series "That Was the Week That Was" an...
 
Harvey Sweetman (1921 - 2015)
New Zealand Military Figure. A decorated officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He played a major role as part of the flying force which protected England from the German V-1 Flying Bombs. He was working as a clerk, prior to World War II...
 
Bill Monbouquette (1936 - 2015)
Major League Baseball Player. For eleven seasons (1958 to 1968), he was a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants. Born William Charles Monbouquette, he attended Medford High School (where he played baseball and hockey), prior to being signed as an ...
 
Sandy Balson (1930 - 2015)
Actress. A pretty blonde, she is remembered for her roles in numerous screen features of the 1970s. Though little is recorded of her early life, she was born Sandra Perley and made her television debut in a 1969 episode of "The Outsider". Sandy went on to appear in such fare of the day as "Longstree...
 
Ted Harrison (1926 - 2015)
Artist, Illustrator and Author. Born Edward Hardy Harrison, he was known around the globe for his brightly colored and whimsical depictions of the Canadian North. His parents recognized his artistic talent as a child and sent him to the West Hartlepool School of Art in England. After serving in Worl...
 
Kevin Grantz (1956 - 2015)
Actor, Director. A distinguished veteran of stage and screen, he shall probably be remembered for his virtually definitive portrayals of George Washington. Raised in the itinerant lifestyle of a 'military brat', he eventually settled with his family in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he graduated fro...
 
Brian Clemens (1931 - 2015)
Motion Picture and Television Screenwriter. He will probably be best remembered for his penning of story lines for the British TV series "The Avengers". A descendent of Mark Twain, his father was an engineer, Brian displayed an interest in writing which resulted in his father buying him a typewriter...
 
Khan Bonfils (1972 - 2015)
Actor. Bonfils, who trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, started out in musical theater and worked as a model before landing his big Hollywood break in 1999 playing a horned Jedi master in the first Star Wars prequel, 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace', followed by 'Star ...
 
Stu Miller (1927 - 2015)
Major League Baseball Player. He will be remembered as a top-notch reliever during his era and an off-speed specialist. For sixteen seasons (1952 to 1953 and 1955 to 1968), he was a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York/San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Atla...
 
Allie Sherman (1923 - 2015)
Professional Football Player, Coach. As head coach of the New York Giants (1961 to 1968), Sherman will be best remembered for guiding the team to three consecutive NFL Championship Game appearances (1961 to 1963). Born Alexander Sherman, he attended Boys High School in Brooklyn where he participated...
 
Jean-Paul Parise (1941 - 2015)
Professional Hockey Player. For fourteen seasons (1965 to 1979), he played at the left-wing position in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, New York Islanders and Cleveland Barons. Signed by Boston while in his teens, he played parts of four years of Minor Leagu...
 
Frank Mazzola (1935 - 2015)
Actor, Film Editor and Producer. Mazzola began his career as a child actor with small parts in such films as 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1939), 'Always in My Heart' (1942) and 'The Boy with the Green Hair' (1948). In 1955, he landed a role as an extra in Elia Kazan’s 'East of Eden' and later that...
 
Francesca Hilton (1947 - 2015)
American Actress. Born Constance Francesca Hilton to wealth, privelege and fame, she was the only daughter of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton. She once dated actor Peter Sellers and made her acting debut in the 1971 film, 'A Safe Place' and had roles in 'Cleopatra Jones...
 
Jethro Pugh (1944 - 2015)
Professional Football Player. For fourteen seasons (1965 to 1978), he played at the defensive end and defensive tackle positions in the National Football League with the Dallas Cowboys. He played collegiate football at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, prior to being selected by Dal...
 
Trevor Ward-Davies (1944 - 2015)
Rock Musician. A bass guitarist, he was a founding member of the 1960s British rock ensemble "Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich". They rivaled the "The Beatles" on the British Pop Charts with a string of hits including "You Make it Move" (1965), "Hold Tight!" (1966), "Hideaway" (1966) and "The Le...
 
Ray Lumpp (1923 - 2015)
Professional Basketball Player, US Olympic Gold Medalist. He received a gold medal as a member of the Men's US Olympic Basketball Squad in 1948. Born Raymond George Lumpp, he attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst, New York, prior to serving with the United States Army Air Forces during World War ...
 
Doug Cunningham (1945 - 2015)
Professional Football Player. For eight seasons (1967 to 1974), he played at the running back position in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. Born Julian Douglas Cunningham, he attended Louisville High School in Mississippi, where he played football, ba...
 
Tommy Mason (1939 - 2015)
Professional Football Player. For eleven seasons (1961 to 1971), he played at the running back position in the National League with the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. Born Thomas Cyril Mason, he attended Lake Charles High School in Louisiana and played collegiate footba...
 
Norman Mamey (1948 - 2015)
Conductor. He was prominent musical figure known for his work for television, films and orchestration. A graduate of composition from Pepperdine University, he received his Master of Arts in Symphonic Conducting at the University of California, Los Angeles. He conducted orchestras such as The Los An...
 
Faten Hamama (1931 - 2015)
Actress. A brunette beauty called "the First Lady of the Arab screen", she is remembered for starring in roughly 100 Egyptian film features, in the process breaking stereotypes by portraying strong female characters. Raised in Cairo by a middle class family, she was to some extent pushed into show b...
 
Robert Gover (1929 - 2015)
Author. Known for his works of satire, he will be remembered for penning the controversial bestselling novel "One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding" (1962). Raised in a Philadelphia orphanage, he attained a degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a journalist in Pennsylvani...
 
Roy Tarpley (1964 - 2015)
Professional Basketball Player. For six seasons (1986 to 1991 and 1994 to 1995), he played at the power forward and center positions in the National Basketball Association with the Dallas Mavericks. Born Roy James Tarpley, Jr., he was raised in Detroit, where he began his athletic excellence on the ...
 
Waldemar Kmentt (1929 - 2015)
Opera Singer. A lyric tenor who performed in many of the world's premier venues, he shall be remembered for his 1,480 appearances at the Vienna State Opera (VSO). Raised in the Austrian capital, he studied piano at the Vienna Music Academy, then switched his major to voice and made his 1950 Vienna p...
 
George Goodwin (1917 - 2015)
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist. He received the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for his investigative reporting on the voter fraud of Telfair County, Georgia in 1947. He attained his degree in Journalism from Washington and Lee University in Virginia in 1939 and following graduation, he began his ca...
 
Elena Obraztsova (1939 - 2015)
Opera Singer. Perhaps her country's most distinguished mezzo soprano, she shall be remembered for her long career at Moscow's Bolshoi Opera as well as at numerous major international venues. Raised in what was then Leningrad under the difficult conditions of a wartime siege, she began singing in pub...
 
CJ Buscaglia (1963 - 2015)
Musician, Producer. Buscaglia was the founder and guitarist for the controversial early 90's band Green Jelly. Originally named Green Jello, the group started out in Buffalo with the intent of being "the world's worst band". After relocating to Hollywood, they convinced Zoo Records to advance them ...
 
Maria Della Costa (1926 - 2015)
Actress. A pretty brunette, she is remembered for her long career on the Brazilian stage and screen. Born Gentile Maria Marchioro Della Costa to Italian immigrant parents, she was attractive from a young age and had a significant modeling career by the time she was 14. Drawn to the stage, she made h...
 
Charles Townes (1915 - 2015)
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist. He shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the research of atomic nucleus and elementary particles. His father was an attorney, Charles (a prodigy) attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Language...
 
Pauline Yates (1929 - 2015)
Actress. She was an English performer, best known for her a role as Elizabeth Perrin on the BBC television series, “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin” (1976-79). After leaving school, she went straight into acting in stage shows at age 17. In 1957, she was cast in the role of Estelle Waterman for...
 

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