Mica Kindman

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May 8, 1945 – November 22, 1991

Queens, New York native Michael Jay “Mica” Kindman attended Michigan State University in the mid-1960s and edited East Lansing’s first alternative newspaper The Paper.  Kindman later lived in Boston and San Francisco and became active in the Radical Faeries.  His autobiography, My Odyssey through the Underground Press, was published posthumously.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 46.

Bay Area Reporter, December 5, 1991

Darwin Morgan

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November 5, 1961 – October 22, 1994

Lifelong Lansing resident Paul Darwin Morgan, better known as Darwin, graduated from Hill High School in 1979, then attended Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.  Morgan later worked as a mental health counselor and performed as an actor with the Riverwalk Theatre, the Lansing Civic Players, and Spotlight Theatre.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 32.

Lansing State Journal, October 25, 1994

Caryl Freeman

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April 15, 1928 – September 30, 2014

Born in Highland Park, Caryl Pauline Freeman grew up in Sturgis and graduated with the class of 1946 from Sturgis High School.  She earned her B.A. at Michigan State, her M.A. from Harvard, and her doctorate at New York University.  She later joined the faculty of the Western Michigan University College of Business, retiring in 1987.  Freeman was survived by her partner Marcia Mascolini of Portage.

Redmond Funeral Home

Marie Hansen

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January 23, 1947 – July 20, 2020

Marie Anne Hansen was born in Mt. Pleasant and earned her Bachelor’s in human ecology at Michigan State University.  She later got her Masters and had a long career in student affairs in Colorado, Nebraska, and at MSU.  She was a beloved part the Lansing area lesbian community and was longtime coordinator of the local women and arts festival.  Hansen was survived by her wife Priscilla Feigenbaum.

Lansing State Journal, July 25, 2020

Cynthia Ainsworth

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October 9, 1936 – July 28, 2008

A native of Moline, Illinois, Cynthia Ainsworth earned her B.A. in economics in 1958 from Michigan State University.  A year after graduating, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked as in investments.  She later became a hospital administrator, retiring in 1984.  Ainsworth was survived by her longtime partner Carolee Houser.

San Francisco Chronicle, August 3, 2008

Schawne Parker

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January 7, 1967 – June 26, 2004

Schawne Anthony Parker grew up in Detroit, graduated from Chadsey High School in 1985, and attended General Motors Institute before completing his B.S. in chemistry at Michigan State University.  He served as first president of Men of Color Motivational Group and was later executive director of the HIV/AIDS agency Center Health Outreach Workers.  Parker was survived by his longtime partner Marius Padieu.

Between The Lines, July 8, 2004

Karen Knudstrup

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May 25, 1939 – September 17, 2017

Born in Mason, Karen Anne Knudstrup graduated from Mason High School, earned her Bacherlor’s in social science in 1961 at Michigan State University, and went on to teach physical education in Catholic and public high schools in Chicago.  She was a delegate in the teacher’s union and also served in the U.S. Navy Reserves.  Knudstrup was survived by Diana Haskell, her partner of 52 years.

Chicago Tribune, September 30, 2017

Fredrica Bartz

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January 22, 1927 – June 1, 1989

Fredrica Kathryn Bartz graduated from Flint Central High School in 1943.  After divorcing her husband, she received her B.A. from the Flint College of the University of Michigan.  She later earned her M.A. at UM-Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. from MSU.  She taught English at UM-Flint for 22 years, and at her death was chair of the department.  Bartz shared a home in Montrose with her companion Mary Ellen Raleigh.

Memo, June 26, 1989

Stephen Kritsick

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November 2, 1951 – January 16, 1994

Stephen Mark Kritsick grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended Michigan State University, earning his B.S. there in 1973 and his degree in veterinary medicine there in 1974.  After working in the ER of a Manhattan animal hospital.  For many years before his death, he was a regular pet care expert on Good Morning America on ABC.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 42.

Lansing State Journal, January 17, 1994

New York Times, January 18, 1994

Harvi Griffin

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December 14, 1936 – August 9, 2005

Detroit native Harvi Alonzo Griffin was a world-renowned harpist, singer, and teacher.  He graduated from Cass Tech High School and earned a B.A. and his first She M.A. from Michigan State University, served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, and pursued further studies at the Eastman School of Music.  Griffin moved to Phoenix in the late 1980s and was survived by his partner of 13 years Lee Barr.

Arizona Republic, August 21, 2005