Partner Dandridge Featherston Hering, buried together
Albion College, 611 E Porter St, Albion, MI 49224
1533 Weybridge Cir, Naples, FL 34110, Stati Uniti
Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003, Stati Uniti
Joel Leenaars (born April 28, 1935) and his partner, Dandridge Featherston Hering, lived in San Francisco. They were among the first members of the Society for Individual Rights (SIR), one of the earliest gay rights group founded in 1964. They were also founding members of San Francisco's Barbary Coast Boating Club, the first known gay boat club.
Leenaars is also one of the most important private collectors of the works of H. C. Westermann, from the time the two of them shared an apartment in Chicago, while Westermann was a student at the Chicago Institute and Leenaars at Albion College.
Hering and his partner retired to Florida, and Hering died on March 30, 2012, in Naples, Florida. He is buried at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C. His tombstone reads: Dandridge Featherston Hering, 1925~2012 USMA 1947, Gentleman - Warrior - Equestrian, Yachtsman - Bibliophile, Together 44 Years, Joel Leenaars, 1935-, Scholar.