Died in 2011

Jan 1 Constantin Marin a Romanian award-winning musician, conductor and composer.
Jan 1 Charles Fambrough a jazz bassist, composer and record producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jan 1 Flemming Jørgensen a Danish pop singer and actor, best known as lead singer of the band Bamses Venner. During the recent years he also released some solo albums, the latest being Tæt på from 2010. Bamse was part of the Danish music scene for more than 35 years, and sold more than 3.5 million albums
Jan 1 Georgiy Ball a Russian writer. Ball was best known for his prolific work in children's literature
Jan 2 Miriam Seegar an American silent film actress.
Jan 2 Bali Ram Bhagat an Indian politician. He was born in Patna, Bihar. He served as the Speaker of Lok Sabha from 1976 to 1977, during the turbulent final year of Indira Gandhi’s first reign as prime minister. He served as Minister for External Affairs of India under Indira’s son, Rajiv Gandhi, from 1985 to 1986. He was governor of Himachal Pradesh briefly during 1993, and governor of Rajasthan from 1993 to 1998. Bali Ram Bhagat died in New Delhi on January 2, 2011
Jan 2 Szeto Wah a politician of the pan-democracy camp of Hong Kong. He was formerly the chairman of The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China and a member of the Legislative Council from 1985 to 1997 and 1998 to 2004
Jan 2 Pete Postlethwaite an English actor. After minor television appearances, including in The Professionals, his first success came with the 1988 film Distant Voices, Still Lives. He played a mysterious lawyer, Kobayashi, in The Usual Suspects, and appeared in Alien 3, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, The Age of Stupid, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Romeo + Juliet, and Inception
Jan 2 Anne Francis an American actress best known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet and for having starred in the television series Honey West which was the first TV series with a female detective character's name in the title. She won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the series
Jan 2 Hans Kalt a Swiss rower who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics and in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Jan 2 Richard Winters a United States Army officer and decorated war veteran. For a time he commanded Company "E", 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during World War II, eventually rising to command of the entire 2nd Battalion
Jan 2 John Osborne (politician) a chief minister of Montserrat.
Jan 3 Anatoliy Skorokhod a Soviet and Ukrainian mathematician, and an academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine from 1985 to his death in 2011.
Jan 3 Fadil Hadžić a prominent film director, screenwriter, playwright and journalist, mainly known for his comedy films and plays. He was of Bosnian origin, but mainly lived and worked in Croatia, and was well known in the former Yugoslavia
Jan 3 Zbigniew Jaremski a Polish sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres.
Jan 3 Eva Strittmatter a German writer of poetry, prose, and children's literature. Her poetry books sold millions of copies, making her the most successful German poet of the second half of the 20th century
Jan 3 Suchitra Mitra an Indian singer, composer, exponent of Rabindra Sangeet or the songs of Bengal's poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore, professor, and sheriff of Kolkata, India. As an academic, she remained a professor and the Head of Rabindra Sangeet Department at the Rabindra Bharati University for many years. Mitra was a playback singer, acted in a Bengali films as well, and was many years associated with IPTA
Jan 4 Mick Karn a British multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter, who rose to fame as the bassist for the art rock/new wave band Japan, from 1974 to 1982.
Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty a Scottish singer-songwriter best known for his solo hits "Baker Street", "Right Down the Line" and "Night Owl", as well as "Stuck in the Middle with You" recorded with the band Stealers Wheel.
Jan 4 Grady Chapman best known as the American lead singer of doo wop group The Robins.
Jan 4 Dick King-Smith a prolific English writer of children's books, primarily using the pen name Dick King-Smith. He is best known for The Sheep-Pig , or Babe the Gallant Pig in the It was adapted as the movie Babe and translations have been published in fifteen languages. He was awarded an Honorary Master of Education degree by the University of the West of England in 1999 and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 New Year Honours. Dick and Myrle had three children – two daughters and one son
Jan 4 Chrysanth (Chepil) the Russian Orthodox metropolitan bishop of Vyatka, Russia.
Jan 4 Coen Moulijn a Dutch footballer who played for Feyenoord from 1955 to 1972 and was part of their European Cup victory in 1970.
Jan 4 Mohamed Bouazizi a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on 17 December 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that he reported was inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides. His act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring, inciting demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country. The public's anger and violence intensified following Bouazizi's death, leading then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down on 14 January 2011, after 23 years in power
Jan 4 Salmaan Taseer a Pakistani businessman and politician who served as the 26th governor of the province of Punjab from 2008 until his assassination in early 2011.
Jan 4 Ali-Reza Pahlavi a member of the Pahlavi Imperial Family of Iran. He was the younger son of the former Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his third wife Farah Pahlavi. He was second in order of succession to the Iranian throne before the Iranian Revolution
Jan 5 Malangatana Ngwenya a Mozambican painter and poet. He frequently exhibited work under his first name alone. He died on January 5, 2011 in Matosinhos, Portugal
Jan 5 Assar Rönnlund a Swedish cross-country skier. Rönnlund's biggest success was at the 1962 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Zakopane where he won two gold medals and a silver. As a result, he earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal that year for his championship successes. Rönnlund was the anchorman of the Swedish 4 × 10 km relay team at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, bringing the team from fourth place to victory. Rönnlund also won the Vasaloppet in 1967 and the 50 km event at the Holmenkollen ski festival twice. For his cross-country skiing successes, Rönnlund was awarded the Holmenkollen Medal in 1968
Jan 6 Ohan Durian a well-known Armenian conductor and composer.
Jan 6 Uche Okafor a football defender who played 34 international matches for Nigeria.
Jan 6 Pyotr Sumin the governor of Chelyabinsk Oblast of Russia. He was sequentially a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Communist Party of the Russian Federation and Political Party United Russia. He became governor of Chelyabinsk Oblast in 1997. He complained about nuclear waste in his region. Sumin was elected governor in 1996, taking office on January 5, 1997, and reelected in 2000
Jan 6 Susana Chávez a Mexican poet and human rights activist who was born and lived most of her life in her hometown of Ciudad Juárez.
Jan 7 Simona Senoner a cross-country racer and ski jumper from Italy.
Jan 7 Derek Gardner (designer) advanced transmission systems. He joined Formula One while employed by Harry Ferguson Research, developing four-wheel drive systems for Matra in 1969. He met Ken Tyrrell in 1970 and Tyrrell chose Gardner to design his chassis. The first chassis, the Tyrrell 001, was built in his garage at home and was raced in the 1970 Canadian Grand Prix
Jan 8 Mike Gambrill a British cyclist who competed at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. At the 1956 Games he won a bronze medal in the Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres
Jan 8 William F. Walsh a Republican-Conservative member of the United States House of Representatives from New York State.
Jan 8 Thorbjørn Svenssen a Norwegian footballer, who played a record 104 international games for Norway, and captained the side 93 times.
Jan 8 Jiří Dienstbier a Czech politician and journalist. He was one of Czechoslovakia's most respected foreign correspondents before being fired after the Prague Spring. Unable to have a livelihood as a journalist, he worked as a janitor for the next two decades. During this time, he secretly started Lidove noviny
Jan 8 John Roll a United States federal judge who served on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona from 1991 until his death in 2011, and as chief judge of that court from 2006 to 2011. With degrees from the University of Arizona College of Law and University of Virginia School of Law, Roll began his career as a court bailiff in Arizona and became an assistant city attorney of Tucson, Arizona in 1973. Later that year, Roll became a deputy county attorney for Pima County, Arizona until 1980, when he began serving as an assistant United States Attorney for seven years. President George W. Bush appointed Roll to a federal judge seat in Arizona after Roll served four years as a state judge
Jan 9 Vítor Alves a Portuguese soldier and politician. Alves, a former Captain of the Movimento das Forças Armadas , is regarded as a leading figure in the Carnation Revolution, which transitioned Portugal from an authoritarian dictatorship to a democracy
Jan 9 Makinti Napanangka a Pintupi-speaking Indigenous Australian artist from Australia's Western Desert region. She was referred to posthumously as Kumentje. The term Kumentje was used instead of her personal name as it is customary amongst many indigenous communities not to refer to the deceased by their original given name for some time after their death. She lived in the communities of Haasts Bluff, Papunya, and later at Kintore, about 50 kilometres north-east of the Lake MacDonald region where she was born, on the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australia
Jan 9 Peter Yates an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire
Jan 10 Cookie Gilchrist a gridiron football player in the American Football League and Canadian Football League.
Jan 10 Bora Kostić a former Serbian footballer. Normally a prolific left winger, Kostić is regarded as one of finest Yugoslav players of his generation and was well known for powerful shot and free kick ability
Jan 10 Margaret Whiting American singer
Jan 10 Vivek Shauq a noted actor, comedian, writer and singer. He had acted in Hindi and Punjabi films, television serials, theatre and television commercials. He was also a popular writer and singer. Shauq was also involved with the Sant Nirankari Mission. He was fluent in Urdu. He was also the founding member of Nonsense Club. He died of a heart attack on 10 January 2011 in Mumbai, at the age of 47. He is survived by his wife and three children
Jan 11 David Nelson (actor) an American actor, director, producer. He was the elder son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother of singer Eric "Ricky" Nelson
Jan 11 Marcel Trudel a Canadian historian, university professor and author who published more than 40 books on the history of New France, scientifically re-written. Trudel's work has been honored with major awards
Jan 11 Zoltán Berczik a Hungarian table tennis player. In the late fifties he was ranked among the best European table tennis players and won, with his athletic play, the first two titles at the Table Tennis European Championships
Jan 11 Ze'ev Segal an Israeli lawyer, a professor of law at Tel Aviv University and a legal analyst for the newspaper Haaretz.