Grace McClelland

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January 27, 1958 – June 16, 2015

A Lincoln Park resident and New Jersey native, Grace McClelland worked for two decades in the non-profit sector before being tapped, in 2003, as first executive director of Ruth Ellis Center for LGBT youth in Metro Detroit.  Following her departure from REC in 2009, she began her own consulting firm, Liberation Consulting.

Between The Lines, July 9, 2015

Randy French

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September 2, 1943 – November 24, 2015

Born in Pontiac, Randell “Randy” French served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, worked at the GM V-8 Engine Plant in Flint, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Ortonville.  For a time, he also tended bar at the Interchange and other Detroit gay nightspots.

Flint Journal, May 15, 2016

Donna Haskell

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August 14, 1958 – September 28, 2015

Hillsdale native Donna Darlene Haskell graduated from Waldron High School and worked for 36 years with Universal Industrial Products.  She enjoyed country music, traveling by RV, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with friends over cold beverages.  Haskell shared a home in Camden with her partner Donna Wannemacher.

Hillsdale Daily News, September 29, 2015

Judy Cole

January 10, 1940 – May 12, 2015

Valedictorian of the Class of 1958 at Hudson High School, Judith “Judy” Cole attended Sienna Heights College and was later employed in shipping and receiving for an office supply firm.  She and her life partner Linda MacBeth shared a home in Adrian.

Adrian Daily Telegram, May 14, 2015

Vielka Holness

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August 27, 1965 – June 4, 2015

A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in Detroit, Vielka Holness received her B.A. from New York University.  She studied law at the University of Michigan Law School, clerked with the Michigan Court of Appeals, and earned a masters in higher education from Harvard.  She capped an esteemed career serving as director for Post-Graduate Opportunities and the Pre-Law Institute of John Jay College.

Journal News, June 6, 2015

Dorie Johnson

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February 20, 1931 – August 22, 2015

Grand Rapids resident Dorace “Dorie” Johnson graduated from the Blodgett Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 and had a long career as an RN.  She and her life partner Cindy Gould were active in the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Grand Rapids Press, August 25, 2015