Judith Ann McNeill

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February 5, 1940 – February 1, 2016

Judith Ann McNeill graduated from Wayne State University and worked for the Detroit House of Correction before moving to Holland in 1976.  She operated the Zeeland Pet Shop in the 1980s and finished her career with Sears.  McNeill was survived by her wife Nora Ewing.

Holland Sentinel, February 3, 2016

Lawrence Murphy


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October 4, 1942 – September 26, 1987

Dean of the Wayne State University College of Lifelong Learning, Lawrence Murphy served as an institute director at Central Michigan University prior to moving to WSU.  He was the author of the book Perverts by Official Order and was survived by his partner of 13 years Russell Len Griffin.

Detroit News, September 28, 1987

Ken Christopher

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May 25, 1961 – October 2, 2004

A 1979 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit, Ken Christopher earned a degree in business from Wayne State and worked as an accountant for the City of Detroit.  He shared his passion for film with the monthly Moon-lit Movie Club he founded at Affirmations.  His other community activities included AIDS Walk Detroit and Brothers United in Literary Text, a book club for gay African American men.

Between The Lines, October 14, 2004

JoAnn Westrick

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October 17, 1930 – July 31, 2010

JoAnn Westrick grew up in Toledo, Ohio and earned her B.S. in Nursing from Wayne State in Detroit in 1969.  From 1975 to 1993 she taught on the faculty of Michigan State University college of Nursing, specializing in psychiatric mental-health nursing.  She was survived by her partner of 27 years Donna Hardenberg.

Lansing State Journal, August 2, 2010

Michael LaGatella

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July 24, 1967 – January 28, 1991

Michael LaGatella graduated from Lincoln High School in Warren and tended bar at the Woodward in Detroit while attending Wayne State University.  After he took his own life, LaGatella’s friends established a scholarship in his name for gay and lesbian students at Wayne.

Cruise, February 6, 1991

Between The Lines, September 19, 2013

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

Finley Hooper

August 14, 1922 – June 6, 1993

Finley Hooper grew up in Detroit and was an assistant professor of Greek and Roman history at Michigan State University in the mid-1950s when he was discovered to be homosexual and forced to leave.  He subsequently enjoyed a long and esteemed academic career at Wayne State University.

Grosse Pointe News, June 17, 1993