Christopher Case

October 24, 1962 – July 22, 1994

Christopher Case attended Washtenaw Community College for his LPN and worked for many years in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Hospital.  Case was also active in the Ann Arbor theater scene.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 31.

Between The Lines, September 1994

Ben Lowery

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August 25, 1952 – May 18, 1987

Born in Ann Arbor, Ben Lowery graduated from Dundee High School in 1970 and earned his Bachelor’s in telecommunications from Michigan State University in 1980.  He taught school in New Mexico before returning to Michigan to work in his father’s construction business.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 34.

Dundee Reporter, May 21, 1987

Dillon Ptaszek

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December 13, 1987 – September 13, 2013

A graduate of Ypsilanti High School, Ann Arbor resident Dillon Ptaszek earned a degree in marine biology and was employed at the aquatics store Fish Doctors when he lost his life in an automobile accident at age 25.  He was survived by Chris Kitely, his fiancé and partner of six years.

Between The Lines, September 26, 2013

Edward Weber

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September 14, 1922 – April 11, 2006

A native of Rochester, New York, Edward Weber earned his library degree from the University of Michigan in the early 1950s and went on the serve as curator of the renowned Labadie Collection from 1960 to his retirement in 2000.

Between The Lines, April 20, 2006

Edward Weber remembrance

Edward C. Weber papers in the Labadie Collection

 

Forman Brown

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January 8, 1901 – January 10, 1996

A native of Otsego, Forman Brown attended the University of Michigan in the early 1920s and, with cousin Harry Burnett and companion Roddy Brandon, formed the famed Yale Puppeteers.  In his eighties, Brown revealed that he was the author of the 1933 gay novel Better Angel written under the penname Richard Meeker.

Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1996

Bay Area Reporter, January 18, 1996

Forman Brown scrapbook at the Bentley Historical Library

 

Helen Gallagher

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December 18, 1948 – February 6, 2009

A former Catholic nun, attorney Helen Gallagher earned her law degree from the University of Michigan.  She went on serve as president of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s and as a member of the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission.

Lesbian Connection, May/June 2009