Chet Sampson

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October 15, 1916 – October 2, 2010

Chester James “Chet” Sampson of Los Angeles was born in Hubbell and attended Michigan Tech before transferring to the University of Michigan.  During World War II he produced variety shows in the U.S. Navy.  He later taught high school in Grosse Pointe before opening his own travel agency.  In 1965, he founded ONE in Detroit, only the second formal homosexual organization in Michigan.

Grosse Pointe News, November 4, 2010

Jack Campbell

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December 5, 1932 – February 19, 2014

Born in East Grand Rapids, John “Jack” Campbell attended the University of Michigan for a year before finishing his B.A. in accounting at Kent State.  In 1965 he opened the Club Baths in Cleveland, the launch of a national chain of gay bath houses.  Later in Miami, he helped lead resistance to Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” crusade.  Campbell remained active in Democratic Party politics throughout his life.

Grand Rapids Press, October 12, 2014

Doug Fox

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October 30, 1946 – February 22, 1976

Randall Douglas “Doug” Fox was born in Indiana, earned his Bachelor’s at Earlham College and his Master’s at the University of Michigan.  Following grad school, he moved to Detroit and worked as an assistant manager at Woolworth’s.  Fox’s body was found bludgeoned and shot in the head on the sidewalk in the Virginia Park neighborhood in what friends considered an anti-gay killing.

Detroit News, February 23, 1976

Heather Higgins

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January 29, 1956 – January 20, 2011

West Bloomfield resident and University of Michigan football fan Heather Louise Higgins hosted popular Port of Call parties at her home on Middle Straits Lake, enjoying water skiing and riding on her pontoon.  Since 2003, she was the owner of Tis Herself Entertainment.  Higgins died from cancer at age 54.

Lesbian Connection, July/August 2011

Cindy Everling

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August 18, 1946 – January 14, 2011

Cynthia Susan Everling, known to friends as Cindy, graduated from Pontiac Central High School and studied philosophy at Oakland University, with additional studies at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.  She was a case manager and grant writer for the HIV/AIDS Resource Center.  Everling resided in Ann Arbor with her partner of 28 years Lin Jacobs.

Ann Arbor.com

Gretchen Fogel-Daniels

July 13, 1949 – June 27, 2010

In 1966, Gretchen Sue Fogel-Daniels graduated from Highland Park High School, where she sang in the choir.  She studied voice at Oberlin College and later worked as a secretary at the University of Michigan.  Fogel and her life partner Carla Daniels sued University Townhouses in Ann Arbor when denied “family” housing, securing a settlement that opened the co-op to same-sex couples.

The Tennessean, June 30, 2010

In Memory of Gretchen Fogel

William Hirn

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August 26, 1928 – April 12, 2013

Born in Escanaba, William James Hirn earned his Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University and did his graduate studies at the University of Michigan.  After teaching in Muskegon and Ann Arbor, he moved to New York State, where he was on the early faculty of Rockland Community College.  Hirn and his life partner of 48 years Joseph Rogers retired to Spain and later lived in Houston and Las Vegas.

Escanaba Daily Press, April 19, 2013