Corey Jackson

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July 5, 1991 – October 19, 2010

Born in Florida, Corey Dwayne Jackson graduated summa cum laude in 2009 from Warren Woods Tower High School, where he swam and ran track.  He was employed as a food clerk at McDonald’s in Warren and was a sophomore at Oakland University.  Jackson took his own life at age 19 in a wooded area of campus.  His boyfriend Mario Martin was among his survivors.

Between The Lines, October 28, 2010

Harold W. Vicks Funeral Home

Looking Back: Corey Jackson

Susan North

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July 23, 1940 – September 8, 2010

Susan Sanborn North of Troy was born in New Hampshire and graduated from Hunter College in New York.  She worked as a computer programmer, author, and financial planner, and in the latter career advised bequests to numerous LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations in Metro Detroit.  North was active with both Affirmations and the Triangle Foundation.

Between The Lines, September 23, 2010

Jean Cione

Jean Cione

June 23, 1928 – November 11, 2010

Illinois native Jean Shirley Cione pitched with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1945 to 1954, including one year each playing with the Battle Creek Belles and the Muskegon Belles.  In the off-season earned her Bachelor’s at Eastern Michigan University, where she later taught for 29 years and served as the first Women’s Athletic Director.  Cione was survived by her partner Ginny Hunt.

Ann Arbor News, December 2, 2010

Frank Martin

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April 12, 1938 – October 23, 2010

Huntington Woods resident Frank Gordon Martin was born in Detroit, graduated with the January 1957 class from Pershing High, and attended Wayne State University.  Martin later operated a textbook store near campus and in the 1980s was president of the Association of Suburban People.  He was survived by Al Vezza, his life partner of 54 years.  The two met on a streetcar just before Martin’s 18th birthday.

Between The Lines, November 4, 2010

Roger Reisdorf

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May 30, 1949 – November 21, 2010

Roger Stanley Reisdorf graduated from Redford Union High School and earned his B.S. from Ferris State University.  He held positions with Grandview Nursing Home, McWilliams Credit Reports, and the Detroit Transportation Corporation.  In the early 1990s, Reisdorf became active with Affirmations, later served on the board of directors, and helped raise more than $5 million for its new building.

Between The Lines, December 9, 2010

Ellen Mettler

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May 22, 1958 – February 23, 2010

Fenton resident Ellen Joan Mettler grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Pioneer High School in 1976.  She later had a 20-year career as program director for the Fair Winds Council of the Girl Scouts.  Mettler was survived by her life partner of 30 years Ann Anglim and their two adopted daughters.

Flint Journal, February 26, 2010

Kathryn Wright

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April 15, 1949 – April 26, 2010

A board member of Affirmations in the early 1990s, Kathryn Leta Wright of Lathrup Village earned her D.O. from the Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  In her position with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, she founded the Horizons Project in 1994 targeting the needs of HIV-positive and at-risk youth.  Wright was survived by her life partner Susan Brooks and daughter Jordan.

Between The Lines, May 6, 2010

Thomas Moore III

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November 3, 1942 – November 7, 2010

Born in Detroit and a graduate of Lincoln Park High School, Troy resident Thomas J. Moore III earned his M.B.A. from Wayne State University.  He worked as a data consultant for General Motors.  Moore and his surviving life partner of 40 years Dwight Rinke were supporters of the Triangle Foundation and the Forum Foundation.

Between The Lines, December 2, 2010

Judy Freespirit

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April 3, 1936 – September 10, 2010

Born in Detroit, poet, activist, and educator Judy Freespirit studied drama and speech at Michigan State University.  After being heterosexually married, she came out in the feminist movement in California.  In 1973, Freespirit coauthored the Fat Liberation Manifesto and in 1978 helped defeat the Briggs’ Initiative.  Among her other publications was the 1982 chapbook Daddy’s Girl: An Incest Survivor’s Story.

The Reporter, December 2010

In Memory: Poet, Essayist, Activist Judy Freespirit

Judy Freespirit papers at the GLBT Historical Society

Chet Sampson

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October 15, 1916 – October 2, 2010

Chester James “Chet” Sampson of Los Angeles was born in Hubbell and attended Michigan Tech before transferring to the University of Michigan.  During World War II he produced variety shows in the U.S. Navy.  He later taught high school in Grosse Pointe before opening his own travel agency.  In 1965, he founded ONE in Detroit, only the second formal homosexual organization in Michigan.

Grosse Pointe News, November 4, 2010