Donald Justice’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Aug 12, 1925

Death Date

Aug 6, 2004

Age of Death

78 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Aug 6, 2004



The poet Donald Justice died at the age of 78. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

American poet and professor known for The Summer Anniversaries, Departures, and other award-winning poetry collections. He received the Pulitzer Prize for a 1980 collection entitled Selected Poems.

He was born in Miami, Florida. He later taught at Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and Syracuse University, among other schools.

Justice died August 6, 2004 at an Iowa City, IA nursing home. He’d been staying at the nursing home after suffering a stroke several weeks before he died. He was 78 years old. His family said the immediate cause of death was pneumonia, but that he also had Parkinson’s disease.



Men at forty Learn to close softly The doors to rooms they will not be Coming back to.


If he could sleep on it. He would make his bed with white sheets And disappear into the white, Like a man diving, If he could be certain That the light Would not keep him awake, The light that reaches To the bottom.


How shall I speak of Doom, and ours in special, But as of something altogether common?


There is no way to ease the burden. The voyage leads on from harm to harm, A land of others and of silence.