October 15, 1918 – April 28, 1994
Ruth Evelyn Sanders moved from Texas to Michigan in the early 1940s to pursue her doctorate at Michigan State University. After earning her Ph.D. in 1947, she taught microbiology at MSU as a lecturer, assistant professor, and associate professor, retiring in 1982. Sanders shared a home in Okemos for many decades with her longtime companion Lucile Portwood.
Lansing State Journal, May 1, 1994
March 27, 1918 – October 24, 1960
Detroit native Kirk Ashton Havers attended the New York School of Fine Arts. As a 32-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms resident in 1950, he was prosecuted in the Detroit Recorder’s Court for accosting and soliciting. Ten years later, employed as a hospital orderly, Havers lost his life in an automobile crash.
Detroit Free Press, October 27, 1960
September 23, 1918 – August 10, 1985
A founder of the Lansing chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Jerry Rapaport was also involved with the Lansing Association for Human Rights and the Lansing Area AIDS Network. She was mother of activist Rick Rapaport.
Metra, September 11, 1985