Micheal Koutz

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January 13, 1951 – July 17, 2019

Owosso native and world traveler Micheal Eugene Koutz graduated with the Hastings High School class of 1969 and went on to Central Michigan University.  Following two decades with Adventure Travel in Kalamazoo, Koutz and Michael LoPresto established Experts Travel in 1994.  The two were also husbands and life partners, together for 39 years.

Kalamazoo Gazette, July 21, 2019

Christopher Leland

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October 17, 1951 – July 23, 2012

Hailing from Oklahoma, Christopher Towne Leland earned degrees at Pomona College and UC San Diego before moving from California to Detroit’s Indian Village.  He taught at Wayne State University as a professor of English from 1990 until his death and authored ten books, including five novels.  He was survived by his partner of 33 years Osvaldo Sabino.

Detroit News, July 29, 2012

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David Betley

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February 25, 1951 – October 7, 1996

Redford resident David Ross Betley grew up in Beverly Hills and graduated in 1969 from Groves High School in Birmingham.  Betley was employed as an assistant manager with Budget Rent-A-Car and, together with his companion Brian Carmody, belonged to the Motor City Organ Society.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Cruise, October 16, 1996

Debra McGee

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October 19, 1951 – November 2, 2020

Debra Jean McGee was a master drummer and a priest of Obatala in the Yoruba faith.  After moving to Michigan from New York, she worked as a coordinator at the Flushing Senior Center, received her Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan-Flint, and earned her MSW at the UM School of Social Work, specializing in geriatrics.  McGee and her partner Sandy Cleomaude married in Swartz Creek in 2017.

Swartz Funeral Home

Geoffrey Fine

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January 8, 1951 – May 1, 1991

Geoffrey Martin Fine grew up in Ann Arbor and moved to New York City following high school.  He appeared in a number of Off-Broadway plays before moving back to Ann Arbor in 1975 to study choreography and dance at the University of Michigan.  On returning on New York, Fine pursued stand-up and volunteered with Gay Men’s Health Crisis.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Outweek, June 12, 1991

Floyd Dunn

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March 5, 1951 – April 17, 1996

Native Detroiter Floyd Dunn was a playwright, civil rights activist, and leader in the 1980s of the Detroit Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays.  Dunn later served as the founding director of the Black AIDS non-profit organization Project Survival and advocated for the inclusion of men and women of color in clinical trials.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

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Stephen Kritsick

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November 2, 1951 – January 16, 1994

Stephen Mark Kritsick grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended Michigan State University, earning his B.S. there in 1973 and his degree in veterinary medicine there in 1974.  After working in the ER of a Manhattan animal hospital.  For many years before his death, he was a regular pet care expert on Good Morning America on ABC.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 42.

Lansing State Journal, January 17, 1994

New York Times, January 18, 1994

Don DeMorrow Jr.

February 18, 1951 – November 2, 1989

Donald Lee “Don” DeMorrow Jr. was born in and grew up in Benton Harbor.  Following high school, from 1969 to 1971, he served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy.  Three years later he settled in California.  DeMorrow met his lover Hess Davison in 1979 and the two shared a home in Guernesville, north of San Francisco.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.

Bay Area Reporter, November 16, 1989

Keary Campbell

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May 26, 1951 – May 8, 2007

Ann Arbor resident and Detroit native Keary Sullivan Campbell studied biology at the University of Michigan and worked as a scientific photographer for the UM Dental School.  As a freelancer, he photographed pride marches and the NAMES Project quilt and his images also appeared in the pages of Between The Lines during its early years of publication.  Keary was survived by his partner Tim Huth.

Ann Arbor News, May 13, 2007

Mark Chittle

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January 25, 1951 – November 19, 1994

Flint native Mark Douglas Chittle graduated from St. John Vianney High School and served a year in the Army in the early 1970s.  He lived for a time in Key West, Florida and for much of his life Chittle worked as an accountant in San Francisco.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.

Bay Area Reporter, December 22, 1994