William Townsend

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July 18, 1952 – July 17, 1993

Eastpointe resident William Daryl Townsend was founding president of Friends Alliance for people with HIV, served on the board of Wellness Networks, and co-founded the Detroit chapter of ACT UP.  His appearance on WDIV’s Sonya Friedman Show was canceled in 1985 because the camera crew feared AIDS contagion.  He died of AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Cruise, July 28, 1993

Tim Warner

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September 18, 1955 – September 25, 1993

Born in Jackson, Timothy Gerald Warner shared a home in Ferndale with his life companion David Wyka and worked for Consumers Power.  Warner served as president of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, sat on the city’s Beautification Commission, and volunteered with Wellness Networks.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.

Royal Oak Tribune, September 27, 1993

Jim Proffitt

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May 13, 1947 – February 8, 1993

Detroit native and onetime seminary student James Earl Proffitt was an out real estate agent and for sixteen years was organist for Zion Lutheran Church in Ferndale.  In the 1980s, he served as an officer of the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council and later worked for AIDS Care Connection.  Proffitt fathered a daughter with lesbian friend J. Charlene Genther.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Detroit Free Press, February 10, 1993

Royal Oak Tribune, February 10, 1993

Dan-Michael Vigliarolo

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February 8, 1952 – February 15, 1993

Born in Dearborn, Dan-Michael Vigliarolo grew up in Livonia where he graduated from Franklin High School.  After studying at Michigan State University, he ran a beauty parlor on Detroit’s West Side before moving to Kew West.  Upon returning to Michigan, Vigliarolo became involved in Friends Alliance and worked as managing editor for Metra.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Metra, March 3, 1993

LeRoy Foster

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May 8, 1925 – March 23, 1993

One of the most esteemed African American artists in Detroit history, LeRoy Foster was renowned for painting public murals in numerous buildings, including Cass Tech High School and the Frederick Douglass branch of the Detroit Public Library.  As with many gay men of his generation, Foster was arrested on charges of accosting undercover vice in the 1950s.

Detroit Free Press, March 26, 1993

Russell Bowman

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January 26, 1952 – May 23, 1993

Royal Oak resident Russell Bowman Jr. was born in Detroit and grew up in Grosse Pointe, where he graduated from Grosse Pointe High School.  Bowman had a long career as an interior decorator and for many years was active in the local leather community, holding the title of Mr. Michigan Leather for 1988-89.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Cruise, June 9, 1993