Charles Tyson

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April 12, 1944 – August 27, 1986

Charles Tyson served as vice president of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in the mid-1980s.  He and his business partner Kathie Dannemiller formed the consulting firm Dannemiller Tyson Associates in Ann Arbor.  He was also active in the Human Rights Campaign Fund and the Republican Party.

Cruise, September 3, 1986

MOHR newsletter, October-November 1986

Jim Paffenbarger

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April 2, 1949 – June 30, 1996

Jim Paffenbarger, also known as Jimmy Leather, attended the University of Michigan for one year from 1967 to 1968 before going to work for radio station WABX.  He soon returned to Ann Arbor where he was employed with the student station WCBN and later served as chief engineer at WUOM.

Between The Lines, August 1996

Joe LaRosa

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May 29, 1940 – April 18, 1994

Joseph LaRosa Jr. was born in Ann Arbor, graduated from Dexter High School, and attended Cleary Business School.  In the early 1970s, LaRosa hosted Lillian’s Down Under in the lower level of Bookie’s Club 870 in Detroit.  In December 1974, he, Michael Crawford, and Hank Trent opened the former supper club Menjo’s as a gay dance club.  LaRosa later operated Orca’s before moving to Phoenix.

Dexter Leader, May 4, 1994

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