June 20, 1961 – November 3, 1989
Thomas Edward Turner, lifelong resident of Ann Arbor, was a 1979 graduate of Huron High School. He went on to own and operate Parkway Printing Company. During his two-year battle with illness, Turner became active with Friends/Huron Valley. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 28.
Cruise, November 22, 1989
July 26, 1932 – December 3, 1989
Canadian native Daniel Maine Campbell was born in Saskatchewan and trained as a pharmacist by profession. In 1975, he and his life companion Bobby Calvert took over Todd’s Sway Lounge, making it into Detroit’s premiere Eastside gay dance club. They also operated the Akron Health Club and were active in the Detroit Bar Guild.
Detroit Free Press, December 4, 1989
Cruise, December 6, 1989
April 3, 1962 – October 19, 1989
Daniel Patrick “Danny” Lightcap was born in Pontiac and was active in the drama club at Pontiac Northern High School, where he graduated with the class of 1980. Lightcap worked a waiter at the Woodward Lounge in Detroit and at the time of his passing was pursuing a B.A. in creative writing at Wayne State. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.
Cruise, October 25, 1989
January 22, 1927 – June 1, 1989
Fredrica Kathryn Bartz graduated from Flint Central High School in 1943. After divorcing her husband, she received her B.A. from the Flint College of the University of Michigan. She later earned her M.A. at UM-Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. from MSU. She taught English at UM-Flint for 22 years, and at her death was chair of the department. Bartz shared a home in Montrose with her companion Mary Ellen Raleigh.
Memo, June 26, 1989
April 22, 1955 – September 12, 1989
Kenneth John Kammann grew up on Detroit’s East Side and graduated in 1973 from Bishop Gallagher High School in Harper Woods. After attending Macomb Community College, Kallmann moved to San Francisco where he had a successful career in sales and co-founded the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Chorus. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 34.
Detroit Free Press, September 16, 1989
Bay Area Reporter, September 21, 1989
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
May 26. 1912 – May 1, 1989
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Charles Dickson Steele immigrated to the U.S. during the 1950s and was employed in the plastics division of the Budd Company in Detroit. He faced accosting and soliciting charges in 1957. Steele later became active with the organization ONE in Detroit.
Detroit Free Press, May 5, 1989
November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989
Oliver Wellington Sipple was born in Detroit, grew up in Royal Oak, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1970, including a tour-of-duty in Vietnam. After leaving the military, he moved to San Francisco, where he could live a more open gay life. On September 22, 1975, Sipple made headlines and history when he prevented an attempted assassin from shooting President Gerald Ford.
New York Times, February 4, 1989
Radiolab story on Oliver Sipple
April 9, 1958 – August 14, 1989
Lawrence Richard Burns was born in Detroit and for nine years worked at the Backstage restaurant, first as a waiter and later as assistant manager and bookkeeper. A onetime resident of Palmer Park in Detroit, Burns lived in Westland. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.
Cruise, August 23, 1989
April 30, 1924 – October 31, 1989
Navy veteran and 1954 University of Michigan graduate Shearon Dudley was a 36-year-old Ypsilanti resident when he was charged in November 1959 with attempting to procure gross indecency as part of an undercover police crackdown on homosexual activity at UM. Married with six children, he had a career in marine biology and later became a minister in Bridgeport, Connecticut.