By John Mack Freeman (thanks to Nel Ward for the tip)
Lambda Literary founding figure James Duggins has passed away at 81. Via Lambda Literary:
He was among the first to join the fight for LGBT rights in the UC university system, a crusader for partnership benefits. His lifelong passions were community and equality and he became a philanthropist extraordinaire in support of the community he loved: a major donor to Horizons Foundation, NCLR, Lambda Literary, and other organizations he deemed to be at the forefront of the struggle for our civil rights.
A noted and notable writer and critic of historical fiction, he studied the craft under James Michener. His early work includes co-authorship of Hooked on Books (Berkley), and Teaching Reading for Human Values (Charles Merrill). He wrote many articles for academic journals such as The English Journal, The Journal of Reading, Wilson Library Journal.
The full obituary at Lambda Literary can be found here.