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Jim Osgood (Bradford) Gathering Jan. 19
2004-01-07

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Long-time Chicago gay activist Jim Osgood (a/k/a Jim Bradford) died Dec. 25. A 'Celebration of Jim's Life' will be set soon.

James Bradshaw Osgood was born April 6, 1932 in New Castle, Penn., the son of the late Harlow Seavert Osgood and late Dorothy Bradshaw (Wilson) Osgood. He and his late partner, Edward Louzao, were together for 47 years. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Charles F. and Eugenia Osgood of Washington, D.C., his niece, cousins and many friends. Jim spent the last 3-1/2 years of his life in the Assisted Living Unit of The Kenwood of Lake View. He died on Christmas Day at the age of 71. Appreciation is extended to Raymond Plummer, Jim's primary care-giver these past months, for the outstanding and exceptional care he provided for Jim. At his request, his ashes will be buried at Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, next to Edward. The Cremation Society of Illinois is handling the arrangements.

Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Chicago in 1954 and his Master of Library Science degree from the School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh in 1962. Jim worked as a translator and interpreter for the United Nations prior to his moving to Chicago. Following a career as a librarian, he retired from Kennedy-King College in Chicago May 14, 1994.

Jim was a Buddhist and had strong beliefs in social causes for human rights, which made him an activist and valued member of various organizations. Jim (a/k/a Jim Bradford) was an activist for gay rights, serving on the Board of Directors and as President of Mattachine Midwest in the late '60s and early '70s. His work helped many individuals come to terms with their homosexuality, long before the efforts became fashionable and acceptable. Other organizations he was involved with include groups opposing the death penalty, groups supporting draft resistance during the Vietnam War era, peace and the anti-war movements, Tibetan human rights and the Moratorium, to name a few. Jim and Ed were members of the 57th Street Friends Meeting (Quakers). Jim's activism will long be remembered in the years to come.

Memorials remembering Jim's life and interests may be made to: The Exodus Trust, 1523 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109; Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 1127 W. Granville Ave., Chicago, 60660; The Quixote Center, Inc., Post Office Box 5206 Hyattsville, MD 20782; or The Albert Einstein Institution, Inc., 427 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115.

You are invited to a 'Gathering of Family & Friends' to celebrate Jim's life Monday, Jan. 19, Noon in the Atrium Room of Ann Sather's, 929 W. Belmont, Chicago. A 'Celebration of Jim's Life' will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. followed by a buffet luncheon. Bring your memories, experiences and stories to share with his family and friends.

Contact: Dr. Thomas Erwin Gertz, DrThomasGertz@aol.com .

Horizons Hosts

Mature Adults Events

Horizons Mature Adult Program (MAP) of Center on Halsted begins the new year with a seminar on spirituality on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 10, 1-3 p.m., 961 W. Montana. The Seminar session titled Spiritual Travels: Insight Into Your Unique Journey will be presented by Dr. John Fusco of Stonewall Psychological Services, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with an M.A. in Theology.

Horizons Mature Adult Seminar Series will offer a workshop to allow participants to express some significant insights about themselves through a creative and fun process. 'Constructing masks out of collage materials is a wonderful avenue to reflect on the various faces we have presented in our lives,' says Sally Lindberg, seminar presenter and art therapist. 'These could be memories of being closeted or recollections of a loving relationship.' The Seminar, Saturday, Jan. 24, 1-3 p.m. at 961 W. Montana, is designed for LGBT adults age 45 and up. The Seminar, titled: Let's Face It!, will be presented by Lindberg and Carl Wilson, both of Horizons Psychotherapy Services department.

Contact Perry Wiggins, Horizons Mature Adult Program Manager, at (773) 472-6469 ext. 245, or perryw@horizonsonline.org .

Sex Seminar by Chicago Training Collaborative

Addressing The Sexual Shadow: Assessment & Treatment of the Gay Sex Addict, is a seminar presented by the Chicago Training Collaborative, hosted by Howard Brown Health Center, with instructor Joe Kort, MA, MSW, of Michigan, Friday, Jan. 16th, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd. Clinicians will learn to accurately assess and diagnose sexual addiction in gay men. Kort is the author of 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives, and he teaches a Gay and Lesbian Studies course at Wayne State University.

Call (773) 388-8901 or e-mail kevino@howardbrown.org .

MORE For Gay Men Event

MORE for Gay Men's annual conference, Reclaiming Our Spirit, is set for Jan. 23-24 at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome. Call (312) 329-1200. Speakers include Andrew Harvey and David Hall. Workshops include Sexuality and Spiritual Integration, Single Life and Dating, Couples, and much more.


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