Peter Gay, a German-born historian whose sense of intellectual adventure led him to write groundbreaking books on the Enlightenment, the Victorian middle classes, Sigmund Freud, Weimar culture and the cultural situation of Jews in Germany, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was Gay, a refugee from Nazi Germany, devoted his career to exploring the social history of ideas, a quest that took him far from his original area of specialization, Voltaire and the Enlightenment.
For more than half a century, Hubert Edward Spires has lived with the painful memory of being kicked out of the Air Force as a young gay sergeant in the s. But now, at 91, Mr. Spires said he can finally be at peace with that part of his life. On Friday, he was awakened by a phone call to his Connecticut home and learned that the Air Force Board for the Correction of Military Records had agreed to change his status. Spires said on Tuesday in phone call from his home in Norwalk.
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In the s, H. But his "easy" assignment came to a screeching halt in , when he was reported for being gay and was discharged as "undesirable. I couldn't even eat food," Spires, of Norwalk, Conn. Spires is recovering from pneumonia and nearly died from the illness several weeks ago, which makes the suit particularly pressing.
In , Spires received an undesirable discharge from the U. Air Force because he was gay. Now the year old from Norwalk is suing to have his status upgraded to honorable. He was an assistant chaplain at a base in Texas when he went to a costume party dressed as a character from pop culture. With an honorable discharge, Spires could have access to medical benefits from the VA, and he could receive a military burial. He said the lawsuit is much more personal than that though. Spires is being represented by the Yale Law Clinic. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. University officials say the school is growing rapidly, and the acre property near its main campus in Fairfield was too good to pass up.