Gordon Moilanen

April 17, 1933 – January 17, 2008

Gordon Toivo “Gordie” Moilanen graduated from Hancock High School in 1951 and went on to work for Detroit and Northern Savings and Loan.  He later served as dean of financial aid at Soumi College, retiring in 1995.  In the late 1950s, Moilanen subscribed to the pioneering homophile publication ONE magazine.

Daily Mining Gazette, January 19, 2008

Joe Periard

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June 2, 1964 – July 2, 2018

Joseph Patrick Periard of Kalamazoo, formerly of Southfield, was born in Bay City and graduated from Bay City Western High School.  He earned his Bachelor’s in computer science from Michigan Technological University and was later employed with Ford Credit in Detroit.  In March 2017, Periard was united in marriage with Joseph Biron II, who survives him.

Kalamazoo Gazette, July 3, 2018

Leo Adams

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July 9, 1903 – July 18, 1995

Born in Menominee in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Leo Adams moved in his 20s to Chicago, where he managed the Chicago Theatre.  He moved to New York City in 1928 and oversaw the shift from silent to sound for Fox movie houses.  Adams later worked as an executive with Macy’s flagship department store.  He bequeathed his extensive correspondence with other gay men to the New York Public Library.

New York Times, July 23, 1995

Leo Adams: A Gay Life in Letters, 1928-1952 at OutHistory

Leo Adams Papers at the New York Public Library

Tim Liupakka

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July 25, 1967 – May 30, 2017

Timothy Richard Liupakka graduated in 1986 from Marquette Senior High School and attended Northern Michigan University before moving to Milwaukee to pursue a degree in interior design.  Liupakka performed under the drag name Tabitha Stephens in Wisconsin and later in annual shows at NMU.  In 2015, he moved to Florida where he worked in hotel housekeeping and married Peter Williamson.

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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

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

Jonel Hoogterp

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May 13. 1983 – July 31, 2009

A native of Engadine in Mackinac County, Jonel Kathryn Hoogterp was valedictorian of her high school class and part of the All-UP Girls Basketball Team in 2001.  She earned her Bachelor’s at Aquinas College and later moved to Durham, North Carolina.  Hoogterp and her partner Julie Hatch were killed in an automobile crash.

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