Thelma James

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May 30, 1899 – January 23, 1988

Thelma Gray James graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 1920.  She joined the faculty of the College of the City of Detroit, forerunner of Wayne State University, in 1923, retiring from Wayne in 1967 as a pioneering folklorist.  James shared various Detroit homes with her close partner of 40 years Marguerite Hicks.

Detroit Free Press, January 24, 1988

W. Hawkins Ferry

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November 18, 1914 – January 27, 1988

William Hawkins Ferry grew up in Detroit and attended Cranbrook before studying at Harvard University.  The grandson of a founder of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Ferry became a noted collector, patron, and champion of 20th century art.  An expert of architectural history, as well, his modernist 1964 home in Grosse Pointe Shores was featured in House Beautiful and Interiors magazines.

New York Times, January 28, 1988

Hawkins Ferry: The Original A-Gay

Wade Keas

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March 27, 1957 – December 16, 1988

Wade Leroy Keas grew up in the town of Ravenna and became active in the Gay/Lesbian Council while a student at Michigan State University.  He later lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the state attorney general’s office.  He died from a drug overdose and of complications from AIDS at age 33.

This Week in Texas, January 13, 1989