Robert Lowe

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July 19, 1961 – June 10, 1986

Robert Dean Lowe, Boo-Boo to friends, graduated with the class of 1980 from Lakeshore High School in St. Clair Shores.  He worked as doorman at Menjo’s nightclub in the mid-1980s and was co-owner of the popular afterhours dance emporium Heaven.  Lowe was found shot to death in his Palmer Woods home in Detroit at age 25.

Cruise, June 18, 1986

Metra, June 18, 1986

Carl Andrews

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August 23, 1966 – December 18, 1993

Born in Detroit, Carl Vinson Andrews came out at age 13 and later worked in financial services for the State of Michigan and was active in the state employee labor union.  He served as secretary of Dignity-Integrity/Flint in the late 1980s and was involved the James Baldwin/Pat Parker Society in the early 1990s.  In 1991, Andrews was profiled in Outweek magazine.

No known obituary

Ann Sorrell

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September 2, 1936 – December 26, 2019

Kentucky native Ann Sorrell moved to Detroit at age seven.  She sold bakery goods, worked as a postal worker, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve before earning her B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University.  She taught the hearing impaired in the Ann Arbor schools.  Sorrell and her life partner Marge Elde were among the first lesbian couples married in Washtenaw County in June 2015.

Ann Arbor News, January 9, 2020

In Memory of Ann Sorrell

Marjorie Chamberlain

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February 19, 1938 – April 4, 2017

Detroit native Marjorie Kate Chamberlain earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in speech pathology from Wayne State University and helped treat stroke patients at Sinai Hospital.  She later taught at Eastern Michigan University, where she also directed the Speech and Hearing Clinic.  Chamberlain and her life partner Charlotte Wixom retired to Gladwin before relocating to Fort Meyers, Florida.

Ann Arbor News, June 30, 2017

Bryan Borchardt

Bryan John Borchardt

August 17, 1963 – October 1, 2017

Glen Arbor resident Bryan John Borchardt earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985.  He was employed in banking with JP Morgan Chase in Traverse City.  He also raised and showed champion Shetland sheepdogs and operated Solstice Shelties.  Borchardt and his husband Brandt Waldenmyer were together 27 years.

Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home

Wausau Daily Herald, October 13, 2017

Patricia Cutshaw

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May 28, 1937 – July 13, 2014

Kalamazoo resident Patricia Ann Cutshaw was known as “Sport” at Richland High School, where she played on the basketball team all four years.  She later worked for Gibson Guitar until Multiple Sclerosis forced her into retirement.  Cutshaw was preceded in death by her life partner Nydia Nichols.

Betzler Funeral Homes

Gerry Crane

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August 25, 1964 – January 3, 1997

Mount Clemens native Gerald Mark “Gerry” Crane graduated from Mount Clemens High School and attended Grand Rapids Baptist College and Calvin College.  He taught high school music in Byron Center and was loved by his students, but officials hounded him from his job in 1996 when parents learned that he and his partner Randy Block held a commitment ceremony.  Crane died from a heart attack at age 32.

Between The Lines, February 1997

Michigan Radio segment on Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire