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

George Francoeur

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April 18, 1934 – August 17, 2019

George Russell Francoeur of Bloomfield Township graduated from Highland Park High School, studied design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and earned his MFA from the University of Michigan.  He later taught art history at Henry Ford Community College for 30 years.  Francoeur was preceded in death in 2007 by his life partner of 42 years Gerald “Jerry” Earls.

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Susan Christner

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June 23, 1945 – April 11, 2012

Longtime Wyandotte resident Susan Ann Christner graduated from Central High School in Flint in 1963 and earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1976.  She went on to get her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UM in Ann Arbor in 1998 and went into private practice.  She was survived by two sons and her partner Linda Sprankle.

Flint Journal, April 15, 2012

Suzanne Gary

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July 5, 1940 – April 2, 2019

Suzanne Cumberworth Gary was an Indiana native and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School.  At the University of Michigan, she earned her B.A. and won the prestigious Hopwood Award for her poetry in 1960 and 1961.  Following college, she drove to San Francisco and stayed, discovering lesbian feminism and teaching in Alameda, California.  Gary was survived by her partner of 18 years Laura Bock.

Lesbian Connection, September/October 2019

Strowan Robertson

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May 1, 1923 – January 11, 1986

In the early 1940s, Frederick Strowan Robertson attended the University of Michigan, where he roomed with W.H. Auden’s lover Chester Kallman.  Robertson finished his B.A. at the University of British Columbia then returned to Ann Arbor to earn his M.A. at UM.  He was active in community theater and gay social circles there in the 1950s.  In later life, he worked for the National Film Board of Canada.

Montreal Gazette, January 22, 1986

Jim Posante

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August 8, 1948 – January 13, 2008

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, James Hendricks “Jim” Posante Jr. moved to Michigan at age 12 and attended Milford High School in Highland before moving to Ann Arbor in 1966.  He taught at Greenhills School for 32 years and for four decades was driving force in local theater in the community and at the University of Michigan.  Posante was survived by a daughter and by Charles Sutherland, his partner of 36 years.

Between The Lines, January 17, 2008

Detroit News, January 17, 2008

Lisa Ortiz

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June 2, 1966 – February 21, 2019

Lisa Maria Rodriguez Ortiz was born in Chicago and as a teenager moved to Michigan, where she graduated from Okemos High School and attended the University of Michigan and Boston College.  For 26 years she taught Spanish at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor.  Ortiz resided in Ypsilanti with her daughters and wife Julia Marvin.

Ann Arbor News, February 28, 2019

Jacqueline Maurier

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October 3, 1970 – November 27, 2017

Jacqueline Maurier of Livonia earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and an Associate degree from Henry Ford Community College.  She worked as a surgical technologist at Garden City Hospital and taught as a surgical instructor.  The mother of two, Maurier was survived by her significant other Cristi Dikeou.

Detroit Free Press, November 30, 2017

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Keary Campbell

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May 26, 1951 – May 8, 2007

Ann Arbor resident and Detroit native Keary Sullivan Campbell studied biology at the University of Michigan and worked as a scientific photographer for the UM Dental School.  As a freelancer, he photographed pride marches and the NAMES Project quilt and his images also appeared in the pages of Between The Lines during its early years of publication.  Keary was survived by his partner Tim Huth.

Ann Arbor News, May 13, 2007

Stuart Itzkowitz

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May 3, 1948 – November 5, 2019

Grosse Pointe Park resident Stuart George Itzkowitz moved Detroit in 1974 after earning his Masters at the University of Michigan.  He became active with the Wayne State University GLF, was a founder of MOHR, and served on the board of Wellness Networks.  He went on to get his Ph.D. from Wayne State, where he later taught.  Itzkowitz was preceded in death by his husband and partner of 38 years Larry Zimmerman.

Between The Lines, November 21, 2019