Jonny Feldesman, 1947 – 2009

Early Gay Clinic volunteer Jonathan D. Feldesman, the son of the late Jackson and Gladys Feldesman, died suddenly on April 24, of a hemorrhagic stroke.  He was 62.             Jonathan, or “Jonny” as his friends knew him, was born in Washington D.C. on March 7, 1947, and grew up in Montgomery County.  He graduated from Sandy Springs Friends School and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, from which he received a degree in American studies. He was also employed in the production of Sesame Street, the TV show.             In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, he worked on the […]

In fond memory of our friend Norman F. Thomas

August 29, 1942 – October 25, 2008 Norman Thomas, one of the founders of the Baltimore Gay Alliance (BGA) and Gay Community Center of Baltimore and one of the first African Americans to own a downtown gift shop, died at Mercy Hospital on October 25th from MRSA, a virulent, antibiotic resistant staph infection.  He was 66 and a lifelong Baltimore resident. Norman was one of a core group of men and women with roots in the anti-Vietnam War, civil rights, and early women’s movements, who came together in 1975 to form BGA, a single purpose gay rights organization that lobbied […]

Michael R. Holbrook

Michael R. Holbrook, a former Gay and Lesbian Community Center Health Clinic volunteer, and a Project Home provider of care to people living with AIDS, passed away on April 15 from complications related to his HIV medications.  He was 37 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.  His funeral was held at the McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home on Fort Avenue on April 20.  The service was presided over by the Reverend Thomas Reeves, a friend and longtime Boston activist. Michael was born in Prince George’s County and attended schools there and in Houston, Texas.  In 1979 he moved to Pomona, California but returned […]

Gregory R. McCaslin

Gregory R. McCaslin, care provider of people with AIDS, longtime Baltimore resident and well know member of the city’s gay community, died on Wednesday, August 10, 1994 from AIDS at the age of 47.  A memorial gathering of his family and friends is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. this Sunday, August 21 at 2741 Chesterfield Avenue, Baltimore. Greg was born in Massillon, Ohio and grew up in Harford County.  He graduated from Edgewood High School in 1965 and immediately enlisted in the Navy. Following his honorable discharge from the service he managed several bars and restaurants before beginning a long career […]

Malcom Winston

Malcom Winston, a former member of the GLCCB Board of Trustees and well known Baltimore gay man, died on October 25th from complication related to AIDS.  He was 44.  A memorial service was held last Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church.      Malcom was born in Baltimore and grew up in the Cherry Hill section of the city.  He attended Baltimore City public schools, St. Peter Claver School and St. Joseph School in Wilmington, Delaware.  He was a attending classes at Catonsville Community College this semester.      Malcom worked for seventeen years at the Baltimore City Health […]

Joe Canterbury

Joe Canterbury, an East Baltimore resident since his arrival in Baltimore six years ago, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital on October 15th from an opportunistic infection caused by AIDS.  He was 33 years old. Joe was born in Berlin Heights, Ohio and grew up in Sandusky, Ohio where he attended Sandusky High School.  At the age of 18 he moved to California and lived in San Jose and San Francisco.  He moved to Baltimore in 1986 and operated an office cleaning service. During a 1987 trip to his hometown of Sandusky to visit his father Joe met his lover, Michael […]

David Martins

David Martins, a Baltimore native and regular presence at two east-side gay bars, the Masquerade and Numbers, during the early 1980’s, died of AIDS this past Sunday at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.  He was  27 years old. David grew up in Highlandtown and attended Baltimore City public schools.  As a student at Patterson High School he was driven from the school by homophobic students after he “came out” in dramatic fashion by attending the 1982 junior prom with a drag queen as his date.  He attended Towson High School his senior year. David traveled extensively and loved music […]