DEATHS - 2019 March

March 1

British-Indian Academic Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya passed away
Bangalore-born Mr. Bhattacharyya, an IIT alumunus, was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002 for his services to science and technology.
He was born in Bangalore, Karnataka and studied at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.
He was awarded with Padma Bhushan in 2002.
Russian Nobel Prize winner for physics Zhores Alferov passed away
He was the first Russian to win a Nobel Prize since Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev won the peace prize in 1990.
A staunch believer in communism, Alferov was born in 1930 in Belarus, then part of the Soviet Union. He was a member of the party faction in the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament.
Alferov shared the nearly USD 1 million award, which recognized his research work in the 1970s in information technology which paved the way for computers, CD players and mobile telephones, with two U.S. scientists Herbert Kroemer and Jack Kilby.

March 2

Katherine Helmond, star of 'Who’s the Boss?' and 'Soap', passed away
Helmond received seven Emmy Award nominations, including one for her performance in the TV show 'Everybody Loves Raymond' in 2002.
More recently, the seven-time Emmy nominated actress voiced Lizzie in the "Cars" franchise and appeared on "True Blood."

Oscar-winning composer Andre Previn passed away
Previn had composed music for dozens of movies. He won the Oscar for "Gigi", "Porgy & Bess", "Irma la Douce" and "My Fair Lady".
He also made two albums with Dinah Shore and recorded a collection of Christmas carols with Julie Andrews and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with Andre Kostelanetz.
He also wrote songs and scores for 1950s films "Bad Day at Black Rock", "Designing Women" and "Hot Summer Nights".
Critics described Previn as a “wunderkind in a turtleneck” and the “Mickey Mouse Maestro” when he was in his 20s and 30s.

March 3

Former Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari passed away
Adhikari also served as Finance Minister.
He was very popular among the common people for introducing "Aafno Gaun Aafai Banau", a development programme aimed at developing villages across the country by giving them the authority to select local projects on their own.The scheme was launched in 1995 when he was Finance Minister in Manmohan Adhikari government.
Prime Minister and NCP Co- Chair KP Sharma Oli has expressed condolences on the demise of Adhikari.
Adhikari is survived by his wife and three daughters.

March 5

American TV Actor Luke Perry Passes Away
Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, died after suffering a massive stroke.
Perry had played construction-company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on Riverdale, the CW series that gives a dark take on Archie comics. A fourth season has been slated.
He born and raised in rural Fredericktown, Ohio, Perry gained fame on Beverly Hills, 90210, which ran from 1990 to 2000.

Former union minister Venur Dhananjay Kumar passes away
Venur Dhananjay Kumar began his stint in politics with Jana Sangh and entered the BJP in 1983, after which he contested polls from Mangaluru constituency and subsequently became an MP.
He worked as a minister in the central government at the time when late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the aviation minister.

March 7

Jerry Merryman, co-inventor of the World’s First Handheld Electronic Calculator Passed away
Jerry Merryman, one of three people at Texas Instruments (TI) credited with inventing the world’s first handheld electronic calculator in 1960s, died at the age of 86 years at Dallas, Texas.
The team was led by Jack Kilby, who made way for today's computers with the invention of the integrated circuit and won the Nobel Prize, and also included James Van Tassel. The prototype the trio built is at the Smithsonian Institution.
The team filed a patent for the finished prototype in 1967 for the battery-powered product known as “Cal-Tech” which could fit in the palm of the hand and was capable of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division.

Famed wrestler King Kong Bundy passed away
King Kong Bundy, the pro wrestler best known for facing off against Hulk Hogan in his prime.
King Kong Bundy was 6 feet and 4 inches and weighed about 458 pound. Bundy made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981.
He defeated SD Jones at the first Wrestle mania in 1986.
His most iconic wrestling moment came five years later when he battled Hogan in a steel cage match at Wrestlemania2.

All India Matua Mahasangha’s chief advisor Binapani Devi died at 100 in Kolkata after a prolonged illness
The Matuas, a Scheduled Caste community, are a significant political force in West Bengal.
She headed the Matuas sect, a religious refugee community from Bangladesh and was the widow of Pramath Ranjan Thakur, great-grandson of Harichand Thakur who was the founder of Matua Mahasangha.
With an estimated population of 30 lakh in the state, Matuas can influence results in at least five Lok Sabha seats in North and South 24 Parganas districts.

March 9

Kenyan Olympic athlete, Daniel Rudisha passed away
Daniel was a teacher and an athletics coach after he retired from the sport where he made his name when he won silver in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
He was also part of Kenya's 4X400m relay team in the same Games.
He is the father of David, 800m World Record holder and Olympic 800m champion.

Former Puducherry lieutenant governor Virendra Kataria Passed away
The 21st Lt Governor of Puducherry and former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, Virendra Kataria, passed away.
He served as a Lt Governor of the union territory for about a year from July, 2013.
He was the first lieutenant governor to visit the prison and review the security measures.
He visited traders, who were attacked by rowdy elements demanding money. During his 1 year tenure, he made himself easily accessible to all sections of people.

March 11

Three-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist Kelly Catlin has Passed away
American Cyclist Kelly Catlin won three straight team pursuit world titles on the track from 2016 to 2018, claiming silver in the same event at the Rio 2016 Games.
She competed for Rally UHC Cycling on the road and was studying for a graduate degree at Stanford University.
Catlin also won individual pursuit bronze at both the 2017 and 2018 World Track Championships.

March 12

Veteran Hindi Newsreader Vinod Kashyap passes away.
She served All India Radio for about 30 years.
The veteran newsreader started her career in Radio as a drama artist.

About All India Radio:
All India Radio (AIR), officially known since 1956 as Akasha Vaṇi ("Voice from the Sky") is the national public radio broadcaster of India and is a division of Prasar Bharati.
Motto: Bahujana Hitaya Bahujana Sukhaya

March 13

Sir John Richardson (95), art historian and friend of Picasso has passed away.
John Richardson, the art historian who devoted more than a quarter century in writing four-volume biography of Pablo Picasso died in Manhattan, New York while working on the final instalment of the biography.
The name of the biography of Pablo Picasso is “A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy 1881-1906”, which was followed by editions covering 1907-1916 and 1917-1932.
Richardson's criticism and scholarship brought him a Whitbread Award in 1991, election to the British Academy two years later and a knighthood in 2012.

March 14

Formula One director Charlie Whiting has died in Australia.
Charlie Whiting began his F1 career in 1977 working at the Hesketh team and the Englishman later moved to Bernie Eccelstone’s Brabham team in the 1980s.
He joined the FIA in 1988 and became a race director in 1997.
He was official in charge the season-opening 2019 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne but died 3 days prior to it.

March 15

Head of Basava Dharma Peetha at Kudalasangama and a prominent Lingayat leader Mathe Mahadevi, passed away
She was born on 13th March 1946 in Sasalahatti, Chitradurga in Karnataka.
A staunch advocate of Basava Tatwa (Basava philosophy), Mathe Mahadevi was one of the most vocal leaders of the movement demanding separate religion status for the Lingayat faith.
In 1966, she received her Jangama initiation as an ascetic in the Lingayat order of wandering mendicants. 

March 16

Former Member of Parliament and State minister Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy passed away: March 15
Forensic reports have confirmed that he was murdered by being stabbed to death. A preliminary post-mortem report found seven stab wounds on his body.
He was elected from the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency on Congress ticket in 1999 and 2004.
He was twice elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly (1989, 1994) from Pulivendula.
He was also elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2009 and served as Agriculture Minister in Kiran Kumar Reddy’s cabinet.

March 17

Darryl D’Monte, senior journalist, columnist, and environment crusader, passed away in Mumbai: Died March 16s
Darryl D’Monte’s career included stints as resident editor at The Indian Express and The Times of India in Mumbai.
He was the chairperson of the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India and was the founder-president of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists in Dresden, Germany, in 1993.
D’Monte wrote Temples or Tombs: Industry versus Environment, Ripping the Fabric: The Decline of Mumbai and its Mills.
He had served as the President of the Bandra West Residents Association and in 2002 helped drive a citizens-led initiative to construct a promende by the Carter Road shore.

March 18

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away in Panaji: March 17
Manohar Parrikar was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment in February 2019. Since then, he received treatment at various hospitals across Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa and the US.
A six-time MLA and former Defence Minister, Mr. Parrikar was born on 13th December, 1955.
He served as Chief Minister of Goa for 4 times and he was among the few from Goa who made it to the national level.
He held the Defence portfolio in the Narendra Modi-led government from 2014 to 2017 after which he returned to being Goa Chief Minister once again.
He is the first IIT alumnus to serve as MLA of an Indian state and was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2001.

Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy passed away: March 17
Actor Chinmoy Roy is well known for his portrayal of comic characters.
He was born in Kumilla district in present-day Bangladesh in 1940, Roy had started his career in Bengali films in the 1960’s and became indispensable to the film makers for his portrayal of comic characters retaining the very essence of Bengaliness.
He was noticeable along with big names such as Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh in films like Basanta Bilap and Dhonni Meye.
He worked in films like Basanta Bilap and Dhonni Meye. He also worked in children’s fantasy Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne by Satyajit Ray.

W.S. Merwin, Poet of Life’s Damnable Evanescence passed away: March 15
W.S. Merwin is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate.
He won a National Book Award, 2 Pulitzer Prizes and a spate of other honours.
Merwin completed more than 20 books, his first book of poetry, A Mask for Janus, was published in 1952.

March 19

Rock Guitarist, Dick Dale Passed away : March 16
American Rock Guitarist Dick Dale, popularly known as the King of the Surf Guitar was died due to ill health.
He recorded the hit song ‘Misirlou’ in the year 1962.
Dale's "Let's Go Trippin”, first played in 1961, is viewed by many as the first-ever surf rock song. His debut album, "Surfers' Choice" came out in 1962 and earned him appearances on Ed Sullivan's show and in "Beach Party" the 1963 Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello movie.

Former White House Economist, Alan B. Krueger passed away: March 17
Alan B. Krueger advised two presidents and helped lead economics toward a more scientific approach to research and policymaking was found dead at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, United States after committing suicide.
He was born on 17th September 1960 in Livingston, New Jersey, United States.
He was an assistant secretary of the Treasury from 2009 to 2010, as President Barack Obama’s administration tried to lead the United States out of its worst recession since the Great Depression.
He was the Labour Department’s chief economist under President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 1995.