Alma Goetsch

Alma Goetsch pic

May 9, 1901 – April 6, 1968

Alma Minna Goetsch was born in Milwaukee and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to East Lansing, where she taught as an art professor at Michigan State University for 37 years.  In the late 1930s, Goetsch and her partner Kathrine Winckler commissioned famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for them in Okemos.  The couple moved to Arkansas upon retiring in 1965.

Lansing State Journal, April 8, 1968

Forman Brown

Forman Brown pic

January 8, 1901 – January 10, 1996

A native of Otsego, Forman Brown attended the University of Michigan in the early 1920s and, with cousin Harry Burnett and companion Roddy Brandon, formed the famed Yale Puppeteers.  In his eighties, Brown revealed that he was the author of the 1933 gay novel Better Angel written under the penname Richard Meeker.

Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1996

Bay Area Reporter, January 18, 1996

Forman Brown scrapbook at the Bentley Historical Library