“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.” - Oscar Wilde



Our legacy giving program, Diversionary for Life, are planned gifts to Diversionary included in your estate plans. Planned gifts to Diversionary are an investment in artistic excellence and our community. They also may provide tax benefits to the donor.

Thank you to these donors who have left us a generous gift through their estate or have pledged to do so.

Updated November 2010

Richard W. Becker* Estate
Kenneth Britt* (bequest)
Joseph Brooks (bequest)
Alan Campbell (bequest)
Jonathan Dunn-Rankin (bequest)
David N. Garrison* Trust
Irene Harris (bequest)
Sherry K. Henderson* Trust
Henderson/Ramsey* Trust
Chuck Higgins & Ray Lubecki (bequest)
Peter Jarman (bequest)
Fritz Klein* Charitable Trust
Seth Krosner, M.D. (bequest)
John Lockhart (bequest)
Ree & Maurice Miller (bequest)
Laurie Munday (bequest)
David M. Pierce (bequest)
Barbara L. Ramsey* Trust
Merle & Phil* Wahl (bequest)
Jeffrey Wynne (bequest)
James Ziegler (bequest)

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May 24, 2007

Diversionary Theatre celebrates major gift from Sherry Henderson & Barbara Ramsey Estate


Barbara Ramsey (left) and Sherry Henderson leave major gift to Diversionary.

Their friends described Barbara Ramsey as having ‘a passion for life and adventure,’ and ‘life was a constant amazement’ for Sherry Henderson. Both women served in the Navy, met when it was not possible to reveal your sexual orientation, shared 15 years together, and both died of cancer – Sherry in December 2001 and Barbara in April 2005.

Their friend Deva Claridge said that Diversionary Theatre was extremely important to Barbara in her coming out process. An unexpected phone call last December notified Diversionary that the Henderson/Ramsey estate had left $100,682 to the Theatre.

“We are awed by this generous gift,” said Ruth Howell, President of the Theatre’s Board of Trustees. “Barbara and Sherry were long-time subscribers, and their gift to Diversionary will give many others the opportunity to continue to celebrate LGBT culture and history through the ongoing productions of the Theatre.”

Born in Oswego, Illionis, Sherry K. Henderson was the third woman to earn the wings of a Naval Flight Surgeon and the first woman to receive the Surgeon General’s award in recognition of demonstrated excellence and leadership, cooperation, flight aptitude and scholastic achievement. In November 1994, Sherry earmarked on her ‘second career,’ working for six years as a full-time clinician at Student Health Services at San Diego State University. She loved and was loved by the students and staff, and considered this position the happiest and fulfilling of all her medical experiences.

A native of Walsh, Colorado, Barbara L. Ramsey had a large group of friends that she considered her chosen family, who miss her lust for life, quick wit and loving support. Barbara served for 20 years with distinction as a Navy nurse, retiring as a Commander after various assignments worldwide. After the Navy, she became active in the San Diego community, most recently as a patient Advocate on the Sharp Health Care Board to develop a new cancer center. A life-long adventurer, she developed a passionate love of baseball, the mountains, desert, theater, cinema, cycling and hiking. She was a voracious reader and also loved listening to KPBS radio.

Diversionary is proud to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of Barbara and Sherry during the run of the play Bunbury. Following the Sunday, June 3 matinee, their friends will gather at Diversionary for a reception to celebrate the joy Barbara and Sherry brought to their lives. In honor of their gift, Diversionary is offering complimentary tickets to active or retired military women for the Sunday, June 3 matinee. Please call the box office at 619-220-0097 for details.

Diversionary Theatre was started in 1986. The mission of the theatre is to produce plays with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes that portray characters in their complexity and diversity both historically and contemporarily.

“This gift and others like it allow Diversionary to continue our mission of celebrating LGBT lives through new and classic plays,” said Dan Kirsch, Diversionary’s Executive and Artistic Director. “The funds are board restricted, with the objective of building an operating reserve of six months. Thank you, Barbara and Sherry, for the great start to our goal.”

May 30, 2006

A Final Bow
Diversionary fondly remembers our friend and patron Dr. Fritz Klein



Dr. Fritz Klein gifts new endowment fund and theatre building to Diversionary Theatre.

The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) announces and mourns the loss of Dr. Fritz Klein, AIB's founder and Board Chairman. He died Wednesday morning, May 24, following a cardiac arrest at home in San Diego, California. He was 73.

Born Fred Klein, Dr. Klein is best known for his pioneering sex research and the development of the multi-dimensional Klein Sexual Orientation Grid, which measures the complexity and fluidity of sexual orientation.

The Klein Grid, first published in 1978, expanded on the "zero to six" Kinsey scale. The Klein Grid measures actual sexual experiences, but also sexual attractions, fantasies, emotional preference, social preference, lifestyle and self-identification as they relate to a person's past, present and ideal future. Klein's research showed that these factors can change over time for an individual, and vary not just between but also within groups of straight, gay and bisexual people. He concluded that people generalize from their own experiences and feelings to assume, often wrongly, that other people must experience their own sexual orientations the same way.

As a result, Klein concluded sexual orientations are too complex to be broken into simple, well-defined categories. Nonetheless, he was a tireless activist especially concerning bisexual issues and community. He was known all over the world for his groundbreaking research and writing, ranging from the academic publication of the Klein Grid in the Journal of Homosexuality in 1985 to popular books and articles concerning bisexuality, as well as a novel, Life, Sex and the Pursuit of Happiness published in 2005 by Harrington Park Press.

Klein was born in Vienna, Austria in 1932. While still a small boy, he fled with his family to New York City to escape anti-Semitism and the impending war. He later studied medicine in Switzerland at Bern University and received an MBA from Columbia University. Dr. Klein was a board-certified psychiatrist for 30 years in New York and San Diego until his retirement. Early in his career, he realized that there was a void in knowledge about sexual orientation, specifically in the area of bisexuality. He placed an ad in the Village Voice for a meeting that resulted in the creation in New York of the "Bisexual Forum," which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. During this period he wrote The Bisexual Option, 1978, and co-authored: Man, His Body, His Sex (Doubleday & Co.) in 1978.

After moving to San Diego , Dr. Klein founded the "Bisexual Forum" for that city in 1982, wrote several books, and founded and became Editor of The Journal of Bisexuality.

Dr. Klein founded the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB), a public benefit charity, in 1998 to encourage, support and assist research and education about bisexuality, and served as Chairman of the Board up until his death. He was known for being outspoken, controversial and compassionate, and for his love and support of theater and the arts.

Though he had recently been diagnosed with cancer, his death from cardiac arrest was sudden and unexpected. He is survived by his life partner, Tom Reise of San Diego and two brothers, George and Seymour of New York City. He chose to donate his body to science. A celebration of his life is being planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to San Diego's Diversionary Theatre.

AIB (also known as the Bisexual Foundation) encourages, supports and assists research and education about bisexuality, through programs likely to make a material difference and enhance public knowledge and awareness.