Joan Corbin

May 21, 1921 – March 4, 2004

Joan Jeanette Corbin was born in Armada, grew up in Richmond, and moved to Los Angeles in 1946.  With her then-partner Irma Wolf, Corbin was a founding member of the board for ONE Incorporated, publisher of ONE magazine.  She served as art director for ONE under the pseudonym Eve Everlee from 1953 to 1963.  Corbin continued to draw into her 70s, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

No known obituary

Joan Corbin papers at the ONE Archives

LeRoy Foster

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May 8, 1925 – March 23, 1993

One of the most esteemed African American artists in Detroit history, LeRoy Foster was renowned for painting public murals in numerous buildings, including Cass Tech High School and the Frederick Douglass branch of the Detroit Public Library.  As with many gay men of his generation, Foster was arrested on charges of accosting undercover vice in the 1950s.

Detroit Free Press, March 26, 1993

Clifford Reynolds Jr.

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January 25, 1921 – December 26, 1997

Actor and artist, Clifford Reynolds Jr. grew up in Highland Park and attended what was then called Wayne University in Detroit.  He married in 1945, moved with his wife to California in 1952, and they divorced in 1968.  A radio and television performer, Reynolds was survived by companion Lorne Gay.

Bay Area Reporter, January 1, 1998

Gordon Barnard

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February 27, 1936 – November 26, 2011

Gordon Barnard moved to Detroit when he was five and came out into Detroit’s gay world while in high school at Cass Tech.  A graphic artist, Barnard worked as a graphic designer for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company for 35 years.  His partner of 22 years, William Ownby, preceded him in death in 1994.

Between The Lines, April 22, 2011

Ronald DeJonge

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January 4, 1941 – January 9, 2018

A 1959 graduate of Holland High School, Ronald DeJonge attended Kendall School of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.  A veteran of the National Guard, he later worked as a graphic designer and cabinet maker.  At his death he shared a home in New Richmond with his partner Darris Chichock.

Holland Sentinel, January 11, 2018

Annette Berkobien

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December 9, 1972 – March 31, 2006

Born in Saginaw, Annette Berkobien graduated from Michigan State University in 1996 with a B.A. with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.  A poet, artist, and playwright, she worked for women’s shelters in Detroit and Lansing before moving to Oakland, California to attend the New College of California.

Lesbian Connection, July/August 2006

Heather Moana

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February 14, 1973 – June 3, 2015

Self-described tech nerd, scuba diver, traveler, musician, artist, photographer, cook, and gardener, Heather Moana spent her early years in Frankenmuth before moving to Battle Creek, where she graduated from Lakeview High School in 1991.  Following high school, she worked for the Battle Creek Enquirer and, in 2005, relocated to California.

Battle Creek Enquirer, June 15, 2015