April 7, 1921 – June 15, 2014
As a fighter pilot in World War II, Pontiac native and Rochester Hills resident Robert Harper survived weeks in the jungles of the Philippines after his plane was shot down. With degrees from Albion and Michigan State University, he taught in the Waterford Schools for twenty-five years. Harper was of a generation that never told their parents they were gay.
Oakland Press, June 22, 2014
December 9, 1972 – March 31, 2006
Born in Saginaw, Annette Berkobien graduated from Michigan State University in 1996 with a B.A. with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. A poet, artist, and playwright, she worked for women’s shelters in Detroit and Lansing before moving to Oakland, California to attend the New College of California.
Lesbian Connection, July/August 2006
February 23, 1958 – August 11, 1990
Kraig Debus grew up in Warren and earned his B.A. in advertising in 1981 from Michigan State University, where he served on the staff of the State News. After graduation, Debus moved to Chicago. He died of complications from AIDS at age 32.
Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1990
November 8, 1957 – July 9, 1988
A native of Orange County, California, Michael Raymond Shuty attended Michigan State University in the late 1970s and later moved to Houston. He died of complications from AIDS at age 30.
This Week in Texas, July 22, 1988
March 27, 1957 – December 16, 1988
Wade Leroy Keas grew up in the town of Ravenna and became active in the Gay/Lesbian Council while a student at Michigan State University. He later lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the state attorney general’s office. He died from a drug overdose and of complications from AIDS at age 33.
This Week in Texas, January 13, 1989
June 1, 1953 – October 15, 1987
Originally from Illinois, Michael Bennett earned a B.A. in linguistics from Michigan State University in 1974 and an M.A. in linguistics from MSU in 1978. At the time of his death, he was employed with the campus libraries. He died of complications from AIDS at age 34.
No known obituary.
August 18, 1960 – August 25, 1987
From Northbrook, Illinois, Scott Flack received his B.A. in political science from Michigan State University in 1982 and earned his law degree from Rutgers University Law School in Camden in 1985. He later worked as an AIDS lobbyist for a firm in Washington, DC. He died of complications from AIDS at age 27.
Washington Blade, October 28, 1987