May 8, 1905 – July 10, 1989
A native of Connecticut, Karl Henry Reichenbach earned his graduate degree in history at Yale in 1929 and was assistant professor at the University of Michigan, teaching there for 44 years. During the 1950s, he was part of an Ann Arbor gay crowd that attended parties hosted by Henry Van Dyke. As his “drag” name at such events, Reichenbach was known as “Frieda.”
Ann Arbor News, July 12, 1989
May 22, 1936 – June 14, 2016
Born in Redding, Maine, Sherry Redding earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master’s from Michigan State University. A longtime counselor, for many years she taught women’s studies at William James College at Grand Valley State University. She was also a founding member in 1978 of the local lesbian organization Aradia. Redding and her spouse Karen Clahassey shared 36 years together.
Grand Rapids Press, June 16, 2016
July 23, 1937 – April 12, 2006
A native of Kansas, Mary Frances Fenton earned her B.F.A. at the University of Oklahoma. She later earned her M.A. at Western Michigan University, where she served a professor of graphic arts for nearly three decades. Fenton and her partner of 24 years Mary Appelhof participated in the lesbian group Aradia in Grand Rapids and were long active in the women’s community in Kalamazoo.
Lesbian Connection, September/October 2006
April 26, 1946 – September 17, 2014
Jean Kinnear grew up near Lexington, Virginia, earned her B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Penn State. As a professor at Northern Michigan University, she taught outdoor recreation for 30 distinguished years. Kinnear lived in Marquette with life partner Joanna Mitchell.
September 17, 1937 – May 15, 2017
Noted sexologist Sandra Cole founded the Comprehensive Gender Identity Program at the University of Michigan in 1993 and served as its director until retiring in 2000. She was also a longtime advocate for transgender legal and civil rights, and helped secure gender identity as a protected category in the UM bylaws and Ann Arbor’s human rights ordinance.
Ann Arbor News, June 23, 2017
Sandra S. Cole papers at the Bentley Historical Library
January 30, 1939 – September 1, 2016
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Deborah Ann Mortimer graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School, attended Albion College, and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Oakland University. An avid golfer and artist, she taught elementary school from 1974 to 2004. Mortimer and her life partner of 40 years Liana Holton shared a home in Bloomfield Hills.
Detroit Free Press, September 11, 2016
September 23, 1936 – November 10, 2016
David Adamany served as president of Wayne State University from 1982 to 1997. A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, he earned his B.A. and J.D. from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. During his tenure at the helm of Wayne, he remained discrete about being gay. His sexuality was an open secret, however, and behind the scenes Adamany lent his support to various LGBT causes.
Between The Lines, November 24, 2016