Louise Griffin

Frimmitte Griffin pic

July 29, 1937 – September 21, 2011

Miami native Frimmitte “Louise” Griffin attended the University of Michigan in the 1950s and went on to become a pioneering female voice on Black radio in South Florida.  She later served with a medical unit in the Women’s Army Corps during the Vietnam War.  Griffin and her life partner Maryanne Powers met in 1963.

Lesbian Connection, January/February 2012

Angela Romagnoli

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October 19, 1949 – July 5, 2017

Born in Allegheny, Virginia, Angela Romagnoli grew up within a union family in Dearborn and retained a passion for social justice her whole life.  At the University of Michigan she took part in the Students for a Democratic Society in the late 1960s and helped found the campus Radicalesbians in 1970.

San Francisco Chronicle, August 13, 2017

Douglas McIntosh

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March 10, 1962 – July 11, 2006

Douglas McIntosh earned a B.S. in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a Masters from Yale in 1990.  Three years later, he co-founded McIntosh Poris Associates in Birmingham and soon became a central voice for historic preservation.  McIntosh served as president of Preservation Wayne and, with his life partner Scotty James, restored the 1896 Julius Melchers home in Detroit’s West Village.

Between The Lines, July 20, 2006

Model D, July 29, 2015

Jim Paffenbarger

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April 2, 1949 – June 30, 1996

Jim Paffenbarger, also known as Jimmy Leather, attended the University of Michigan for one year from 1967 to 1968 before going to work for radio station WABX.  He soon returned to Ann Arbor where he was employed with the student station WCBN and later served as chief engineer at WUOM.

Between The Lines, August 1996

Vielka Holness

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August 27, 1965 – June 4, 2015

A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in Detroit, Vielka Holness received her B.A. from New York University.  She studied law at the University of Michigan Law School, clerked with the Michigan Court of Appeals, and earned a masters in higher education from Harvard.  She capped an esteemed career serving as director for Post-Graduate Opportunities and the Pre-Law Institute of John Jay College.

Journal News, June 6, 2015

Christopher Case

October 24, 1962 – July 22, 1994

Christopher Case attended Washtenaw Community College for his LPN and worked for many years in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Hospital.  Case was also active in the Ann Arbor theater scene.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 31.

Between The Lines, September 1994

Katharine Coman

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November 23, 1857 – January 11, 1915

Born in Newark, Ohio, Katharine Coman graduated from the University of Michigan in 1880 and went on to become a leading industrial historian and dean of Wellesley College.  Prior to her death at age 58, she shared a 25-year relationship with poet and Wellesley professor Katherine Lee Bates in what was then known as a “Boston marriage.”

Wellesley College News, February 4, 1915

Katharine Coman papers at the Wellesley College Archives