Margaret Lorick

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July 10, 1926 – June 22, 2010

Margaret Lorick of Flint was employed as a cafeteria worker, a machine operator, and an office secretary before earning her degree to become a teacher.  Lorick described attending gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s for an essay in the collection Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America.

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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

JoAnn Westrick

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October 17, 1930 – July 31, 2010

JoAnn Westrick grew up in Toledo, Ohio and earned her B.S. in Nursing from Wayne State in Detroit in 1969.  From 1975 to 1993 she taught on the faculty of Michigan State University college of Nursing, specializing in psychiatric mental-health nursing.  She was survived by her partner of 27 years Donna Hardenberg.

Lansing State Journal, August 2, 2010

Betty Jo Hudson

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November 19, 1930 – October 4, 2013

A native of Muncie, Indiana, Betty Jo Hudson earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Ball State University.  After a long career as a university administrator, including more than two decades at Ohio State University, she and her life partner Barbara Young retired to Torch Lake in the northern lower peninsula.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, October 8, 2013

Robert Harper

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April 7, 1921 – June 15, 2014

As a fighter pilot in World War II, Pontiac native and Rochester Hills resident Robert Harper survived weeks in the jungles of the Philippines after his plane was shot down.  With degrees from Albion and Michigan State University, he taught in the Waterford Schools for twenty-five years.  Harper was of a generation that never told their parents they were gay.

Oakland Press, June 22, 2014

Katharine Coman

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November 23, 1857 – January 11, 1915

Born in Newark, Ohio, Katharine Coman graduated from the University of Michigan in 1880 and went on to become a leading industrial historian and dean of Wellesley College.  Prior to her death at age 58, she shared a 25-year relationship with poet and Wellesley professor Katherine Lee Bates in what was then known as a “Boston marriage.”

Wellesley College News, February 4, 1915

Katharine Coman papers at the Wellesley College Archives

Usein Alieff

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April 24, 1929 – April 16, 2004

Usein “Mike” Alieff Jr. grew up in Pontiac and for many years ran his own piano school in Birmingham.  He and his life companion Max LePard shared a home in Royal Oak for more than forty years.  In their retirement, he and LePard were crochet instructors at the Royal Oak Senior Center.

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