Marvin Marks

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March 13, 1931 – April 20, 2015

Marvin Phillip Marks of Southfield started his own accounting firm in the early 1960s.  In the 1970s and 1980s, he held leadership positions in numerous local gay organizations, including Dignity/Detroit, the Motor City Business Forum, the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council, the Forum Foundation, and Wellness Networks.  Marks received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Pride Banquet in 2009.

Between The Lines, April 23, 2015

Marvin P. Marks Papers at the Reuther Library

Joseph Zendell

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October 10, 1949 – January 15, 1995

Joseph Mattingley Zendell coordinated programs for the Michigan Council for the Arts in Detroit from 1974 to 1981.  Active in the Association of Suburban People and the Motor City Business Forum, he also served as an early financial officer with the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.  In 1982, Zendell moved to Illinois to lead the Evanston Arts Council.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Chicago Tribune, January 21, 1995

Joyce Woody

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February 3, 1948 – October 12, 2012

Lincoln Park resident Joyce Woody worked as an insurance agent for New York Life before graduating from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in 1983 and becoming a massage therapist.  In 1993, she earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  Woody was involved in Lesbian Sisters Building a Network, the Motor City Business Forum, and the Forum Foundation.

Detroit News, October 21, 2012

David Krumroy

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June 30, 1949 -January 18, 1989

His 1975 arrest in an undercover police crackdown on homosexual activity in Hines Park prompted David Krumroy to help form the Association of Suburban People.  Krumroy went on to edit Metro Gay News and co-found the Motor City Business Forum.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.

Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1989

Cruise, February 1, 1989

Larry Zimmerman

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May 11, 1955 – September 14, 2016

Larry Zimmerman worked as a real estate agent and was a founding member in 1980 of the Motor City Business Forum.  He later served as dean at Macomb Community College.  Zimmerman was survived by his partner of 37 years, husband Stuart Itzkowitz.

Detroit Free Press, September 16, 2016

George Fadiga

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February 19, 1954 – February 25, 2000

George Fadiga was a tireless activist with the Hope Fund, the Human Rights Campaign Michigan Dinner, the Motor City Business Forum, the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, and other Detroit area causes.  At the time of his sudden death he worked as a sales representative with Crain Communications.

Detroit News, February 29, 2000

Cruise, March 1, 2000