Avery Hopwood

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May 28, 1882 – July 1, 1928

A 1905 graduate of the University of Michigan, Avery Hopwood went on to enjoy a celebrated career as a playwright, once having four plays staged on Broadway simultaneously.  With friend Carl Van Vechten, Hopwood experienced the homosexual underworld of New York in the 1910s and ‘20s.  Much of his estate was bequeathed to fund annual literary awards for UM students.

New York Times, July 2, 1928

Michigan Daily, July 3, 1928

Mary Ellen Raleigh

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June 2, 1940 – January 29, 2012

A graduate of Mott Community College and the University of Michigan, Mary Ellen Raleigh taught English and business writing at UM-Flint from 1975 to 1995.  She served on the campus Task Force on Sexual Orientation, played competitive Scrabble, and authored a longtime column for East Village Magazine.

Flint Journal, January 31, 2012

Lawrence Murphy

 

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October 4, 1942 – September 26, 1987

Dean of the Wayne State University College of Lifelong Learning, Lawrence Murphy served as an institute director at Central Michigan University prior to moving to WSU.  He was the author of the book Perverts by Official Order and was survived by his partner of 13 years Russell Len Griffin.

Detroit News, September 28, 1987

Alma Routsong

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November 26, 1924 – October 4, 1996

Born in Traverse City, Alma Routsong served in the WAVES during World War II and graduated from Michigan State University.  After moving to New York City, she authored the pioneering novel Patience and Sarah under the pen name Isabel Miller.

Gay Community News, Winter 1996

Lesbian Herstory Archives oral history of Alma Routsong

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

 

Henry Van Dyke

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October 3, 1928 – December 22, 2011

Born in Allegan, Henry Lewis Van Dyke Jr. served in the U.S. Army and earned a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he developed lifelong gay friendships.  He later authored several novels and taught as a writer-in-residence at Kent State.

Akron Beacon Journal, January 8, 2012

Henry Van Dyke papers in the Labadie Collection