Séjan, Nicolas [original burial site] b. March 17, 1745 d. March 19, 1819 Organist, Pianist, Composer. Reputedly the greatest French organist of his generation, and one of the founders of the French piano school. Séjan spent his whole life in his birthplace of Paris, initially studying organ with his uncle Nicolas-Gilles Forqueray, and composition with Louis Charles Bordier. His 1764 debut at the Concert Spirituel brought him instant fame as a virtuoso, revealing his genius at improvisation and a forward-looking keyboard technique. In 1772 he was named one of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimetiere de Vaugirard, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Hunt, Gen. LeRoy Philip b. March 17, 1892 d. February 8, 1968 US Marine Corps General. A highly decorated officer, his military career spanned World Wars I and II. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, California, he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Marine Corps in 1917 and served with great distinction with the 5th Marine Regiment during World War I, receiving the Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Cross for repeated acts of heroism, and was promoted to the rank of captain. After the conclusion of World War I, he...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA Plot: 2C, 3A
Helm, Brigitte b. March 17, 1908 d. June 11, 1996 Actress. Most famous for her first film role as 'Maria' and her robot doppleganger in Fritz Lang's 1927 classic film "Metropolis" (she was only 19 at the time). She starred in more than thirty films throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s, such as "Desire", "The Mistress of Atlantis" and "Am rand der Welt" (At the Edge of the World). Working with a perfectionist Lang on "Metropolis" was so physically tasking that she refused to make another film with him. She was Josef Von Sternberg's first...[Read More] Ascona Cemetery, Locarno, Distretto di Locarno, Ticino, Switzerland
Rillieux, Norbert b. March 17, 1806 d. October 8, 1894 Inventor, Engineer. Most noted for inventing a improved sugar refining process that improved the safety and the efficency of making sugar from sugar beets and sugar cane, which revolutionized the sugar refining process. Rillieux was born a free man in New Orleans, Lousiana to Vincent Rillieux, a French sugar cane plantation owner, and Constant Vivant, a slave on the plantation. His superior intellect was evident at an early age. As a child Rillieux was educated in the Catholic school system in...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Newman, Alfred b. March 17, 1901 d. February 17, 1970 Composer. One of Hollywood's most prolific and versatile film scorers, he had a seemingly inexhaustible gift for melody and did brilliant work in every conceivable genre. He was also an outstanding conductor. Newman received more Oscar nominations (45) than any other musician to date, and took home the award nine times, for "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938), "Tin Pan Alley" (1940), "The Song of Bernadette" (1943), "Mother Wore Tights" (1947), "With a Song in My Heart" (1952), "Call...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cause of death: Emphysema Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Eternal Prayer
Rucker, John O'Neal b. March 17, 1951 d. January 27, 1973 United States Soldier. He was the last United States serviceman to be killed in the Vietnam War, dying a few hours before the cease fire took effect. He was the victim of a rocket which hit his barracks at DaNang air base. Although born in Kilgore, he was reared in Linden, and a monument to his honor is on the grounds of the Cass County courthouse. Center Hill Cemetery, Linden, Cass County, Texas, USA
Gresham, Walter Quintin b. March 17, 1832 d. May 28, 1895 Civil War Union Brigadier General, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Commanded a brigade, then a division of the XVII Corps. Fought with the Army of the Tennessee until wounded at the Battle of Atlanta. Later served as United States Secretary of State in the 2nd Cleveland Administration. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 2, Special Lot 11
Unwin, Edward b. March 17, 1864 d. April 19, 1950 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Fawley, England, he served as a Commander in the British Royal Navy. During the troop landing on V Beach Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey, on April 25, 1915, Commander Unwin's ship the HMS River Clyde was under a murderous enemy fire attempting to get the lighters into position on the shore. Commander Unwin with four other men left his ship to work on securing the lighters on the shore line. He worked on, until suffering from the effects of cold and...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Grayshott St Lukes Churchyard, Grayshott, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Kantner, Paul b. March 17, 1941 d. January 28, 2016 Rock Musician. A guitarist, he was a founding member of the rock band "The Jefferson Airplane". His mother died when he was eight years old, he was sent to live in a Jesuit military boarding school, when his traveling salesman father could not care for him. After attending the University of Santa Clara and San Jose State College, he focused fully on music and performed as a folk artist on the San Francisco club scene. He met singer Marty Balin in 1965 and enlisted guitarist Jorma Kaukonen...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
FitzGerald, Lionel LeMoine b. March 17, 1890 d. August 7, 1956 Artist. A loner and shy person, he spent almost his whole life in Winnipeg painting, drawing and sketching quiet contemplative scenes. He spent his childhood summers on his grandmother's Manitoba farm where he developed a deep love for Canada's prairies. He studied art in Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then in New York City, New York at the Art Students League of New York. He returned to Winnipeg in July 1922 to work as a commercial illustrator until 1924, when he began teaching at...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes were scattered over the fields at Snowflake, Manitoba, Canada.
Lawton, Henry Ware b. March 17, 1843 d. December 19, 1899 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, United States Army General. Born in Manhattan, Ohio, the son of George Lawton and Catherine Daley Lawton. Attended the Methodist Episcopal College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1854-1861. Enlisted as a Private, 9th Indiana Infantry, on April 18, 1861, was quickly promoted to 1st Lieutenant, 30th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Promoted up the ranks to Colonel by the end of the Civil War. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the August 3, 1864...[Read More] Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 2, Site 841
Parker, Pomeroy b. March 17, 1874 d. December 30, 1946 Spanish-American War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the War with Spain as a Private on board the "USS Nashville". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, on May 11, 1898. His citation reads "Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Parker set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action." His Medal was awarded to him on July 7, 1899. (Bio by: Don Morfe) Roxobel-Kelford Cemetery, Roxobel, Bertie County, North Carolina, USA
Ekman, Carl Daniel b. March 17, 1845 d. November 3, 1904 Manufacturer. He studied pharmacy at the National Technological Institute, Stockholm, graduating in 1868. He remained at the institute after completing his studies, conducting his first experiments with wood pulp there before taking a post at the newly opened Bergvick paper mill near Halsingland. It was while working there that he developed a new sulphate pulp paper making process. His work is regarded as of fundamental importance to the modern Swedish paper industry, and he is considered one...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Northfleet Cemetery, Northfleet, Gravesham Borough, Kent, England
Morris, Harold Cecil b. March 17, 1890 d. May 6, 1964 Pianist and Composer. His compositions have been performed by the major orchestras of the United States. Toured extensively as concert pianist in recitals and with orchestras, chamber music organizations, and as a soloist. He was one of the founders of the American Music Guild. (Bio by: Laurie) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Ramsay, Patricia b. March 17, 1886 d. January 12, 1974 British Royalty. Born Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess of Connaught and Strathearn in Buckingham Palace, London, the third child of Arthur William Patrick Albert Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Louise Margarete Alexandra Viktoria Agnes Prinzessin von Prussia. As a girl, she traveled with her parents to postings in India, living there for two years. She was decorated with the Imperial Order of the Crown of India. In 1911, when the...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Royal Burial Grounds at Frogmore, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
Dog, Spot the b. March 17, 1989 d. February 21, 2004 Presidential Pet. Born in the White House, she was the daughter of Millie, who had belonged to President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush. Her father was Tug Farish from Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. Spot, known lovingly as Spotty, she was an English Springer Spaniel. She was the only pet to live in the White House during two non-consecutive terms. After suffering a series of strokes Spot was humanely euthanized. She was 14 years old. (Bio by: Shock) Bush Family Ranch, Crawford, McLennan County, Texas, USA