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Mattachine Society’s Last Living Founder James ‘John’ Finley Gruber Jr. Is Dead

James “John” Finley Gruber, Jr., the last living member of the Mattachine Society, died at home last month in Santa Clara, California.. He was 82. Founded in the early 1950s, the group — for which Des Moines native Gruber is credited with naming, though founder Harry Hay is also given the honor — is one of the oldest gay activist groups in the U.S., originating in Los Angeles before spreading to San Francisco, New York, D.C. and Chicago. [BAR, SFGN]