Scott Sweeney

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September 21, 1963 – March 22, 1994

Born in Pontiac, Scott Russell Sweeney of Bloomfield Hills earned his bachelor’s in communications from Michigan State University in 1985 and later pursued studies at the University of London in the UK.  Sweeney enjoyed a rich career as a public affairs manager within the auto industry, overseeing the rollout of the Ford Mustang and the F150 Lightning.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 30.

Detroit Free Press, March 24, 1994

Sandra Langeland

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December 4, 1940 – July 6, 2020

A graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe, Sandra Lee Langeland earned her B.S. in physical education from Michigan State University in 1964.  She received her Ph.D. at the University of Denver and taught psychology at the Oakland Community College Highland Lakes Campus for 29 years.  Langeland and her life partner Susan Murdock shared homes un Union Lake before moving to Florida.

Oakland Press, July 10, 2020

Tony Brown

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February 15, 1958 – February 20, 2015

Antony Eugene “Tony” Brown of Madison Heights was born in England and graduated from Dondero High School in Royal Oak.  He later studied voice at Michigan State University and in the early 1980s was a noted singer at Detroit gay bars.  Brown served on the board of the Performers Awards of Detroit and received multiple PAD honors, including best go-go boy and Male Entertainer of the Year.

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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