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Kenneth L. Dawson
(1947 - 1992) U.S.A.

Ken Dawson



Kenneth L. Dawson was born in East Rockaway, L.I. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1968 and earned a master's degree in teaching from Antioch University in 1972 and also graduated from Columbia University's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.

He served as Executive Director of Seniors Action in a Gay Environment [ SAGE ] until he resigned. He also worked for (4) four years as the Director / Coordinator of the Lower Division of the Calhoun School, a private school on the upper west side. During his life he worked as a teacher and toward the later years of his life he was a partner in Strub / Dawson Inc. A fundraising, workshop, lecture, consulting based company. He later used that knowledge and contacts to raise money for SAGE, and The Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, Los Angeles. He was a founding member and served on the Board of Directors of The Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, New York.

In 1987, New Yorker Ken Dawson, who worked as the head of a group called Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE), rescued a stranger who was drowning in the Hudson River. While Dawson was upfront about what he did for a living, the local media (which gave the story wide coverage) managed to exclude references to his occupation - except for one tabloid, which called him an "advocate for seniors."

Ken lived in Brooklyn. He died of complications from AIDS.


Source: http://www.gaycenter.org/ - et alii

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