Husband Mark Merlis

Queer Places:
Leon’s, 870 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Mark Merlis was an American writer, author of the novels American Studies and An Arrow’s Flight. His work won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Ferro-Grumley Award for distinction in gay writing. Bob Ashe retired as an executive of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of Johnson & Johnson. They lived in Philadelphia, where they married on June 13, 2014. “We met in Leon’s, a dive bar in Baltimore, in 1982. Each of us was cruising someone else; each of us struck out; it was last call. We saw each other and thought, ‘This will do for one night.’ We’ve been together ever since.” Mark Merlis


Leon’s, 870 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

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