Died in 2010

Jan 1 Mohamed Rahmat a Malaysian politician, and former Information Minister of Malaysia. He was famously known as Tok Mat, Mat Setia and Mat Mr Propaganda
Jan 1 Periyasamy Chandrasekaran a Sri Lankan politician. He was a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a government minister
Jan 1 Freya von Moltke a participant in the anti-Nazi resistance group, the Kreisau Circle, with her husband, Helmuth James Graf von Moltke. During World War II, her husband acted to subvert German human-rights abuses of people in territories occupied by Germany and became a founding member of the Kreisau Circle, whose members opposed the government of Adolf Hitler. The Nazi government executed her husband for treason, he having discussed with the Kreisau Circle group the prospects for a Germany based on moral and democratic principles that could develop after Hitler. Von Moltke preserved her husband’s letters that detailed his activities during the war and she also chronicled events of that period from her perspective. She supported the founding of a center for international understanding at the former von Moltke estate in Krzyżowa in Poland
Jan 1 Lhasa de Sela an American-born singer-songwriter who was raised in Mexico and the United States, and divided her adult life between Canada and France. Her first album, La Llorona, went platinum in Canada and brought Lhasa a Félix Award and a Juno Award
Jan 2 David R. Ross a Scottish author and historian. He published eight books, most of them mixing elements of Scottish history and travel literature
Jan 2 Oscar Sala Italian-Brazilian nuclear physicist and important scientific leader, Emeritus Professor of the Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo.
Jan 3 Gianni Bonichon an Italian bobsledder who competed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He won the silver medal in the four-man event at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo
Jan 3 Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt a Chilean composer.
Jan 3 Ian Brownlie a British practising barrister, specialising in international law. After an education at Hertford College, Oxford, he was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1958 and was a tenant at Blackstone Chambers from 1983 until his death on 3 January 2010
Jan 3 Mary Daly an American radical feminist philosopher, academic, and theologian. Daly, who described herself as a "radical lesbian feminist", taught at Boston College, a Jesuit-run institution, for 33 years. Daly retired in 1999, after violating university policy by refusing to allow male students in her advanced women's studies classes. She allowed male students in her introductory class and privately tutored those who wanted to take advanced classes
Jan 3 Takis Michalos a Greek water polo player and coach.
Jan 4 György Mitró a Hungarian swimmer and Olympic medalist. He participated at the 1948 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay, and a bronze medal in 1500 metre freestyle. He also became European champion in 1500 metres freestyle swimming in 1947
Jan 4 Lew Allen a United States Air Force four-star General who served as the tenth Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. As the Chief-of-Staff, Allen served as the senior uniformed Air Force officer, who was responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of 750,000 active duty Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and civilian personal serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he and the other service chiefs function as the military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the President
Jan 4 Tsutomu Yamaguchi the only person to have been officially recognized by the government of Japan as surviving both explosions.
Jan 4 Johan Ferrier a Surinamese politician who served as the 1st President of Suriname from 25 November 1975, until 13 August 1980. He was that country's last governor before independence, from 1968 to 1975, and first president after it gained independence from the Netherlands. He was deposed in a military coup on 13 August 1980
Jan 4 Rory Markas an American sportscaster best known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's play-by-play broadcaster for eight seasons, and as the radio voice of the University of Southern California men's basketball team for 11 seasons. He also worked as a field reporter and part-time sports anchor for KTTV
Jan 4 Sandro de América a notable Argentine singer and actor. He is considered one of the first rock artists to sing in Spanish in Latin America. He edited 52 official records and sold 8 million copies although other sources state that he sold over 22 million. Some of his most successful songs are Dame fuego, Rosa, Rosa, Quiero llenarme de ti, Penumbras, Porque yo te amo, Así, Mi amigo el Puma, Tengo, Trigal, Una muchacha y una guitarra. Only the single Rosa, Rosa sold 2 million copies, being also his most recognizable and famous song. Other of his hits, "Tengo", was placed 15th amongst the 100 best Argentine rock songs by both MTV channel and Rolling Stone magazine
Jan 5 Carl Pahlin a Swedish cross-country skier who competed in the 1930s. He won two medals at the 1939 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a silver in the 4 x 10 km and a gold in the 18 km event
Jan 5 Murray Saltzman an American reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader.
Jan 5 Kenneth Noland an American abstract painter. He was one of the best-known American Color Field painters, although in the 1950s he was thought of as an abstract expressionist and in the early 1960s he was thought of as a minimalist painter. Noland helped establish the Washington Color School movement. In 1977, he was honored by a major retrospective at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York that then traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and Ohio's Toledo Museum of Art in 1978. In 2006, Noland's Stripe Paintings were exhibited at the Tate in London
Jan 5 Willie Mitchell (musician) an American soul, R&B, rock and roll, pop and funk record producer and arranger, who ran Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. He was best known for his Hi Records label of the 1970s, which released albums by a large stable of popular Memphis soul artists, including Mitchell himself, Al Green, V. Wright, Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles and Quiet Elegance
Jan 6 Michael Goulder a British Biblical scholar who spent most of his academic life at the University of Birmingham where he retired as Professor of Biblical Studies in 1994. He was perhaps best known for his contributions to the Synoptic Problem, and specifically the Farrer hypothesis, which postulates Markan priority but dispenses with the Q document, suggesting instead that Luke knew Matthew. Goulder was also associated with the theory that the evangelists were highly creative authors, and that Matthew and Luke had only minimal source material. In recent years, he wrote widely on a theory of Christian origins that sees a fundamental opposition between Paul the Apostle on one side and the Jerusalem Christians Peter and James, Jesus' brother, on the other. This has been seen as reviving a hypothesis proposed by Ferdinand Christian Baur of the Tübingen school
Jan 6 James von Brunn an American man who perpetrated the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2009. Security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns was killed in the shooting, and von Brunn was wounded by two security guards who returned fire. Von Brunn was named the prime suspect in the shooting, and was charged with first-degree murder and firearms violations. While awaiting trial, von Brunn died on January 6, 2010
Jan 7 Philippe Séguin a French political figure who was President of the National Assembly from 1993 to 1997 and President of the Cour des Comptes of France from 2004 to 2010.
Jan 8 Otmar Suitner an Austrian conductor who spent most of his professional career in East Germany. He was born in Innsbruck and died in Berlin. He was Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden from 1960 to 1964, and then Music Director at the Berlin State Opera from 1964 to 1990. A fairly prolific recording artist, he was particularly notable in Austro-German music, having conducted discs of works by Max Reger and Paul Hindemith as well as the first Beethoven symphony cycle to be released on He taught at the Mozarteum for twenty years. With a girlfriend, Suitner had one son called Igor and he produced a documentary about his father in Suitner's later years called The Music of My Father
Jan 8 Tony Halme a Finnish politician, athlete, author and actor. Halme was a member of the Finnish Parliament from 2003 to 2007, representing the True Finns party as an independent politician. He was also known by the pseudonym Viikinki he used while appearing in Gladiaattorit, a Finnish version of the TV game show Gladiators, in the 1990s. He was also a professional wrestler best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Federation under the name Ludvig Borga, an MMA fighter and a professional boxer who held the Finnish Heavyweight Championship. He was also first fighter from the Nordic countries to ever compete in Ultimate Fighting Championship
Jan 8 Rolf Koskinen a Finnish orienteering competitor and European champion. He won a gold medal with the Finnish relay team at the 1964 European Orienteering Championships in Le Brassus. He was also member of the Finnish team that won the relay at the 1962 European championships, while not part of the official program
Jan 8 Monica Maughan an Australian actor with roles in film, theatre, radio, television and ballet.
Jan 8 Trevor Stubley a Yorkshire portrait and landscape painter, and illustrator.
Jan 8 Art Clokey an American pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, best known as the co-creator of the character Gumby. Clokey's career began in 1955 with a film experiment called Gumbasia, which was influenced by his professor, Slavko Vorkapich, at the University of Southern California. Clokey and his wife Ruth subsequently came up with the clay character Gumby and his horse Pokey, who first appeared in the Howdy Doody Show, and later got their own series The Adventures of Gumby, with which they became a familiar presence on American television. The characters enjoyed a renewal of interest in the 1980s when American actor and comedian Eddie Murphy parodied Gumby in a skit on Saturday Night Live. In the 1990s Gumby: The Movie was released, sparking even more interest
Jan 8 Piero De Bernardi an Italian screenwriter. He wrote for 119 films between 1954 and 2010. He was born in Prato, Tuscany
Jan 9 Armand Razafindratandra a Cardinal Priest of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Jan 9 Christopher Shaman Abba the Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria.
Jan 9 Vimcy a sports writer from Kerala. He is considered to be the pioneer of sports journalism in Kerala. He won numerous awards during his journalistic career spanning more than half a century
Jan 9 Evgeni Paladiev an ice hockey player who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He was born in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR, USSR
Jan 10 Mano Solo a French singer. He was born in Châlons-sur-Marne on 24 April 1963 to the illustrator Cabu and Isabelle Monin, co-founder of the ecology-related magazine, La Gueule ouverte
Jan 10 Bert Bushnell a British rower who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal alongside Dickie Burnell in the double sculls, having had hopes to compete in the single sculls following a series of victories whilst competing in South America.
Jan 10 Crispin Sorhaindo the fourth President of Dominica. He served from October 25, 1993 until October 5, 1998
Jan 11 Fadey Sargsyan an Armenian scientist and politician. He was the President of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences from 1993 to 2006. Sargsyan served as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1977 to 1989
Jan 11 Mick Green an English rock and roll guitarist who played with the Pirates , Billy Kramer and the Dakotas, and Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers.
Jan 11 Joe Rollino a decorated World War II veteran, weightlifter, and strongman. The son of Italian immigrants, Rollino dubbed himself the world's strongest man in the 1920s, moving 3,200 pounds with his back during the prime of his career
Jan 11 Ivan Ladyga a Soviet-Russian colonel of artillery. He was a Candidate of Military Sciences, a professor, and a corresponding member of the Russian Military Sciences Academy. He was given the award of Honoured Worker of Higher Education of the Russian Federation, and a veteran of World War II Ladyga was one of the authors of the Soviet doctrine for using Strategic Missile Troops in combat. Born in 1920 in the village Manuylivka, USSR
Jan 11 Harry Männil an Estonian businessman, art collector, and cultural benefactor in several countries.
Jan 11 Juliet Anderson an American pornographic actress and adult movie producer, relationship counselor and author. Entering the adult movie business relatively late in life , she quickly built a reputation as one of the premier performers in the so-called "Golden Age of Porn", appearing in over seventy films—often as "Aunt Peg", a role portrayed as a giddy, insatiable woman determined to enjoy life and sex to the maximum extent possible. In 1987, she started a new career as a relationship counselor and massage therapist, before returning to adult entertainment in the mid-1990s
Jan 11 George Garanian an ethnic Armenian Russian jazz saxophone player, bandleader and composer. He was the People's Artist of Russia in 1993
Jan 11 Éric Rohmer a French film director, film critic, journalist, novelist, screenwriter and teacher.
Jan 11 Miep Gies one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank, her family and four other Jews from the Nazis in an annex above Anne's father's business premises during World War She was Austrian by birth, but in 1920, at the age of only eleven, Miep was taken in as a foster child by a Dutch family to whom she became very attached. Although she was initially only to stay for six months, this stay was extended to one year because of frail health, after which she chose to remain with them, living the rest of her life in the Netherlands. In 1933 she began working for Otto Frank, a businessman who had moved with his family from Germany to the Netherlands in hopes of sparing his family Nazi persecution because they were Jewish. Miep became a close, trusted friend of the family and was a great support to them during the two years they spent in hiding. She retrieved Anne Frank's diary after the family was arrested and kept the papers safe until Otto Frank returned from Auschwitz in 1945, and learned of his younger daughter's death. Together with Alison Leslie Gold Miep authored the book Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family, first published in 1987
Jan 12 Daniel Bensaïd a philosopher and a leader of the Trotskyist movement in France. He became a leading figure in the student revolt of 1968, while studying at the University of Paris X: Nanterre
Jan 12 Miguel Ángel de la Flor a Peruvian army officer. He was born in Chiclayo and died in Lima, Peru
Jan 12 Zilda Arns a Brazilian pediatrician and aid worker.