Kraig Debus

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February 23, 1958 – August 11, 1990

Kraig Debus grew up in Warren and earned his B.A. in advertising in 1981 from Michigan State University, where he served on the staff of the State News.  After graduation, Debus moved to Chicago.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 32.

Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1990

Wade Keas

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March 27, 1957 – December 16, 1988

Wade Leroy Keas grew up in the town of Ravenna and became active in the Gay/Lesbian Council while a student at Michigan State University.  He later lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the state attorney general’s office.  He died from a drug overdose and of complications from AIDS at age 33.

This Week in Texas, January 13, 1989

Michael Bennett

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June 1, 1953 – October 15, 1987

Originally from Illinois, Michael Bennett earned a B.A. in linguistics from Michigan State University in 1974 and an M.A. in linguistics from MSU in 1978.  At the time of his death, he was employed with the campus libraries.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 34.

No known obituary.

Scott Evan Flack

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August 18, 1960 – August 25, 1987

From Northbrook, Illinois, Scott Flack received his B.A. in political science from Michigan State University in 1982 and earned his law degree from Rutgers University Law School in Camden in 1985.  He later worked as an AIDS lobbyist for a firm in Washington, DC.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 27.

Washington Blade, October 28, 1987

Ben Lowery

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August 25, 1952 – May 18, 1987

Born in Ann Arbor, Ben Lowery graduated from Dundee High School in 1970 and earned his Bachelor’s in telecommunications from Michigan State University in 1980.  He taught school in New Mexico before returning to Michigan to work in his father’s construction business.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 34.

Dundee Reporter, May 21, 1987

John Mathieson

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July 22, 1943 – August 5, 1985

William John Mathieson grew up in Grove City, Pennsylvania and attended graduate school at Michigan State University where he earned a Master’s in Spanish in 1967.  He later worked as an instructor at San Francisco Community College.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 42.

No known obituary.

Steve Franklin

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Dates of birth and death uncertain

Stephen Franklin held retail jobs at Silverman’s and National T-Shirt.  As manager of Bonnie and Clyde’s disco, he testified before the Lansing City Council in 1980 about police harassment of gay men at the nightclub.  He later migrated to Texas.  He died of complications from AIDS.

No known obituary.

Roy Reinholz

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July 10, 1961 – December 13, 1985

Raised in the small town of Ossineke, Roy Reinholz graduated from Alpena High School in 1980, earned his B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1983, and later attended Hunter City College in New York.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 24.

Alpena News, December 14, 1985