Eva McKinley West

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March 30, 1889 – August 25, 1970

Born in Hannibal, Missouri, Eva McKinley West earned her Bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College and Master’s at Columbia University.  From 1927 to 1964, she chaired the English Department at the University Liggett School.  West shared homes in Detroit and Grosse Pointe Woods for more than 35 years with Liggett headmistress Katharine Ogden.

Grosse Pointe News, August 27, 1970

Katharine Ogden

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October 20, 1896 – March 6, 1991

Longtime headmistress at the Liggett School, later known as the University Liggett School, Katharine Ogden was born in Ithaca, New York, received her B.S. at Vassar College, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.  For more than 35 years, she resided in Detroit and Grosse Pointe Woods with her friend and companion Eva McKinley West, who preceded Ogden in death.

Grosse Pointe News, March 14, 1991

Nathan Strickland Jr.

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February 7, 1991 – January 24, 2019

Grosse Pointe Woods resident Nathan DeWayne Strickland Jr. earned his Bachelor’s in forensic psychology from Tiffin University in 2013 and his Master’s in community counseling from Oakland University in 2016.  Strickland worked with LGBT Detroit and the Community Health Awareness Group, was active in Hotter Than July, and attended the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit.

Between The Lines, January 31, 2019