Deann LeBeau

Obit - ISL- Deann LeBeau_SPRING HILL, FLA. – Deann LeBeau, 77, of Bernard, and Spring Hill, Fla., died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Brooksville, Fla., surrounded by family and friends.

Born June 13, 1938, in Springfield, Mass., Deann graduated from Easthampton High School in 1956, earned a bachelor’s at West Virginia Weslyan in 1960, a master’s at Michigan State in 1964 and a sixth year at Fairfield (Conn.) University in 1976. She taught at Newtown (Conn.) High School for 30 years, retiring in 1995.

Ms. LeBeau was an accomplished educator and coach, earning prestigious Connecticut High School Coaches Association Outstanding Coach of the Year honors in girls’ swimming in 1979 and girls’ track and field in 1980.

Deann became a fierce advocate for LGBTQ youth, working tirelessly to add sexual orientation to Connecticut’s Student Bill of Rights. That 1997 statute made Connecticut the third state to explicitly protect students on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation. As a result, she and PFLAG’s Jeff Carstens together were named in Out Magazine’s Out 100 — the 100 most interesting and influential gay men and lesbians in America — in December/January 1998. She was involved in this work through GLSEN Downeast while spending summers on Mount Desert Island.

Deann is survived by her partner, Susan Mayne, of Bernard and Spring Hill, Fla.; two brothers, Donald and his husband, Willem, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Richard of Easthampton, Mass.; and three sisters, Barbara of Sandwich, Mass., Janet L Hill and her husband Rob of Westport, Mass., and Cynthia L Garrison and her husband, Art, of South Hadley, Mass. She also leaves four nephews, a grandnephew and a grandniece.

A memorial celebration is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, from 2-5 p.m. at the Maine Sea Coast Mission, 127 West St., Bar Harbor. Further information and RSVP at susanrmayne

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