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Larry Townsend

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TOWNSEND, Larry Born October 27, 1930, gay author and activist, died on July 29, 2008 due to complications from pneumonia. He passed quietly with family members by his side at Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was 77. He will be remembered not only for his many novels, but also for serving as president of H.E.L.P., Inc. and being the founding president of The Hollywood Hills Democratic Club, the first gay-oriented CDC club in Los Angeles County. He served on the board of The Whitman Radclyffe Foundation during a time when the gay movement within California was making its first attempts to produce a united political and philosophical front. Larry's long-time companion of 44 years, Fred Yerkes, passed away in July 2006, but Larry is survived by his sister, Alta; nephew, Ralph; nieces, Donna, Lynne and Tracy; as well as two great-nieces and great-nephews; and, many dear friends. He will be missed.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 1, 2008
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