Eric Jordan

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June 20, 1965 – June 18, 1995

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Eric Leroy Jordan moved to Detroit following high school and became active in Men of Color, Full Truth Fellowship Church, and the James Baldwin/Pat Parker Society.  From 1993 to 1995, Jordan was employed as a case worker for the AIDS Consortium of Southeastern Michigan.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 29, two days shy of his 30th birthday.

Between The Lines, July 1995

Gary Patterson

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October 12, 1961 – March 8, 1995

Native Detroiter Gary Patterson graduated from Cass Tech High School in 1979 and earned his B.A. in psychology from Kalamazoo College in 1984.  After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Africa, Patterson worked as a counselor and educator for AIDS Care Connection and pursued a degree from Unity Union Ministerial School of Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 33.

Between The Lines, April 1995

Ralph O’Reilly

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April 16, 1919 – April 19, 1995

Cleveland, Ohio native Ralph Anthony O’Reilly served as a Navy lieutenant in the Pacific during World War II and later landed in Detroit where he was employed as an engineer with General Motors and met his life partner of 43 years Ralph Stallings.  The couple moved to Davisburg in the early 1960s and operated a Japanese bonsai nursery until they retired to southern California.

Times-Advocate, April 25, 1995

Daniel Brauer

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February 15, 1939 – April 5. 1995

Grand Rapids native and Alpine Township resident Daniel Kenneth Brauer graduated from Ottawa Hillls High School in 1957 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1963.  Brauer was pastor of the Muskegon Metropolitan Community Church from 1991 until his death from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty water heater in his home.  He also served a vice chair of Muskegon Area AIDS Resource Services.

Muskegon Chronicle, April 7, 1995

Third Coast Magazine, May 1995

Charles Petty

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March 24, 1965 – November 21, 1995

Warren resident Charles Petty grew up around Waterford and Pontiac and graduated with the class of 1983 from Lake Orion High School.  He was a bartender at the Woodward and the Other Side, as well as a dancer at the Gold Coast.  Petty later handled maintenance at the TNT Health Club and his lover was Danny Potter.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 30

Cruise, December 13, 1995.

David Zechel

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February 2, 1944 – April 3, 1995

David John Zechel of Farmington Hills was born in Detroit and graduated from Edwin Denby High School in 1962.  He went on to work as a noted local interior decorator.  In the early 1970s, along with his then partner, Rev. Robert Cullinan, Zechel was an early member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 51.

Detroit Free Press, April 5, 1995

Charles Jewell

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February 13, 1963 – January 10, 1995

Port Huron native and lifelong resident Charles James Jewell graduated with the class of 1981 from Port Huron High School and worked as a computer operator for a local bank.  Confronted few resources in St. Clair County for people with HIV, Jewell founded HIV/AIDS Support Services in 1993.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 31.

Cruise, January 18, 1995

Joseph Zendell

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October 10, 1949 – January 15, 1995

Joseph Mattingley Zendell coordinated programs for the Michigan Council for the Arts in Detroit from 1974 to 1981.  Active in the Association of Suburban People and the Motor City Business Forum, he also served as an early financial officer with the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.  In 1982, Zendell moved to Illinois to lead the Evanston Arts Council.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Chicago Tribune, January 21, 1995

Scott Amedure

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January 26, 1963 – March 9, 1995

Scott Bernard Amedure moved to Waterford from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was five, left high school at 17 to join the U.S. Army, and later worked as a bartender at Popper’s in Pontiac.  In March 1995, two days after Amedure revealed his secret crush on his straight acquaintance Jonathan Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show, Schmitz murdered him in his Orion Township mobile home.

Between The Lines, April 1995

Find-A-Grave

Leo Adams

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July 9, 1903 – July 18, 1995

Born in Menominee in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Leo Adams moved in his 20s to Chicago, where he managed the Chicago Theatre.  He moved to New York City in 1928 and oversaw the shift from silent to sound for Fox movie houses.  Adams later worked as an executive with Macy’s flagship department store.  He bequeathed his extensive correspondence with other gay men to the New York Public Library.

New York Times, July 23, 1995

Leo Adams: A Gay Life in Letters, 1928-1952 at OutHistory

Leo Adams Papers at the New York Public Library