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

Rick Rapaport

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February 25, 1954 – May 4, 1985

Rick Rapaport worked as a janitor, gas station attendant, cab driver, waiter, cook, bus driver, and for two years as wrestling coach at the Michigan School for the Blind.  After dropping out of the University of Michigan in 1974, he visited 45 states and crossed the U.S. fifteen times, returning to school to finish his B.A. at Michigan State University in 1982 with a degree in journalism.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 31.

Lansing State Journal, May 6, 1985

State News, May 7, 1985

LAHR newsletter, June 1985

Isabello Reyes Jr.

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November 19, 1955 – September 27, 2003

As board chair and educator with Gospel Against AIDS/Global Research, Education, and Training Network, physician Isabello Reyes Jr. pushed for AIDS education, care, and civil rights protections.  In addition to his advocacy, Reyes taught at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Detroit.

Between The Lines, October 16, 2003

Judith Rogers Dill

November 2, 1942 – July 17, 2012

Lansing resident Judith Rogers Dill earned her doctorate in German language and literature from the University of Michigan in 1979 and at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.  She later pursued a career in information systems management and belonged to the Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing.

Lansing State Journal, July 29, 2012

Edward Weber

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September 14, 1922 – April 11, 2006

A native of Rochester, New York, Edward Weber earned his library degree from the University of Michigan in the early 1950s and went on the serve as curator of the renowned Labadie Collection from 1960 to his retirement in 2000.

Between The Lines, April 20, 2006

Edward Weber remembrance

Edward C. Weber papers in the Labadie Collection