In 1984, Bret Lesilie Lansdale became the administrative director of Waterloo Counseling Center, providing effective and affordable mental health resources geared towards gender, sexual and cultural diversity. Jack Winkler was the sole faculty member to help organize Yale’s first Gay Rights Week. Hugh Steers was an accomplished artist from Washington, DC who chronicled the AIDS epidemic. In 1994, Dan Friedman published “Radical Modernism,” a lavishly illustrated text meditating on the constraints of post-modernity and graphic design. In August 1972, Warren P. Smith published a story in the Yale Lit — an intricate vignette about an unhappy Chicago woman who follows her husband to New York on a winter business trip. In 1978, Christopher Kales took a two year break from his medical studies to perform with the Theater Ballet of Canada. In the late 70s and early 80s, Tim Dlugos published several collections of poetry, establishing him as “the Frank O’Hara of his generation” according to poet Ted Berrigan. In 1967, John Tardino auditioned and was selected to act in a mobile theater program funded by Urban Corps, a federal program to give students summer jobs in New York City. Michael D. Palm was the captain of the volleyball team and attended Yale on a full scholarship, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English. After graduating magna cum laude, Scot Kevin Haller pursued a career in journalism, becoming senior editor of People and chief of the magazine’s Los Angeles bureau. Jim Brudner established a prize at Yale that honors individuals who have “made significant contributions to the understanding of LGBT issues or furthered the tolerance of LGBT issues.” While at Yale, Jorge Enrique Garcia-Rodriguez participated in Gymnastics, the Yale Political Union, the Yale College Council, the Saybrook Dramat, and the Cheerleading team. Frank Moore was a painter and founding member of Visual AIDS, one of the most important groups of AIDS activists in the art world. A respected author, Paul Monette wrote thirteen books, or “glib and silly little novels” as he called them, before he died in 1995 at the age of 49. In 1994, the Timothy Egan Lenahan Memorial Fund is established to support the teaching of landscape and architectural design. In all, Harry Kondoleon published 18 plays, two novels and two books of poetry. Architect James Terrell’s innovative department store designs won the Store of the Year Award four times. Enno Poersch was one of a small group of men in Manhattan who formed the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in the winter of 1981, providing support services for individuals affected by the virus. Terence Beirn was a founding member and executive of the American Foundation for AIDS Research. In 1994, top-rated talk radio host David Brudnoy revealed publicly that he was gay and had AIDS. A talented scholar, John Boswell utilized his knowledge of 17 languages in his studies, including Ancient Greek, Catalan, Latin, Church Slavonic, Old Icelandic, classical Armenian, Syriac, Persian and Arabic. Robert Lancaster Hoskins and Erv Raible bought and managed the Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar in the West Village. From Cambridge, James Snead moved to West Germany, where he did a stint in finance working at the Frankfurt branch of Chase Manhattan Bank. John Wallace was born in Princeton, New Jersey on July 22, 1960. Julian Abbott spent 15 years designing spaces for Theodore Hofstatter & Co., an upscale firm on Fifth Avenue, before moving to the East End of Long Island to start a company with his partner in business and life, W. Scott Jackson. Peter Schifter earned a Tony Award nomination for his work in the musical “Welcome to the Club." Michael Alvin Barnett received his doctorate from the Scripps Oceanographic Institute and went on to work as an ecologist. Derek Anson Jones won the 1999 Lucille Lortel Award for his direction of the Pulitzer-Prize winning play Wit. In 1977, Robert Endo was working as a director of the Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer Gallery, handling a group of artists including Lester Johnson, Dorothea Tanning, Nikki de Saint Phalle and Joseph Glasco. Dennis Allred went to work for the U.S. State Department’s Information Agency, which took him to posts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Santiago, Chile. Jose T. Moscoso was a Puerto Rican lawyer who served on the board of directors of El Museo del Barrio and Boricua College. In 1985, Mark Dallas Butler got a job in the registrar’s office at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and moved from D.C. into an apartment with friends in Astoria, Queens. Douglass Dean Smith was a financial officer at the Birch Wathen Lenox School, and was expected to leave following his AIDS diagnosis. In the summer of 1964, immediately after receiving his BA in Economics, Nate Marinuzzi married Eleanor Hugo, a librarian at Sterling Memorial Library whom he had dated as an undergraduate. Bruce D Binderow (SY ’85) attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for one year before becoming sick. At Yale, Richard Stanton Umans was a member of the varsity swim team and the Aurelian Honor Society. In 1977, Lawrence Jacobs earned an Architecture Record House Award for his work on the Leito residence in Bedford, NY. An accomplished singer, Stan Ziegler was a member of the Russian Chorus, the Spizzwinks(?), and the Whiffenpoofs. Leonard Raver created dozens of influential works in a range of modern styles, many of which mixed the organ with electronic sounds and percussion instruments. In 1989, John Connolly became the development director of God’s Love We Deliver, doubling their fund-raising efforts to $1.5 million annually. Robert Stewart Walden was a member of Branford College and majored in anthropology. In 1983, architect Gerald “Jerry” Olanoff became a founding member of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in Greenwich Village. In 1996, David Springer represented a Wisconsin man suing his high school district for its negligence in the midst of anti-gay harassment. In the late 1960s, Charles Ludlam rose to prominence as one of the most prolific and flamboyant artists in avant-garde theater. José Vigo was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and was a doctoral candidate in Anthropology.
For updates, join our mailing list or contact us directly with any questions: