A resident of Baltimore for the last five years, he lived in San Francisco from 1979 to 2001. Born in Milwaukee, he graduated from Messmer Catholic High School and went on to Marquette University for a year of acting and theater studies. He left to work in regional theater productions. He was hired by the Mark Cross Company in the late 1970s as Director of Organizational Development. Diagnosed with AIDS in 1991, he retired to volunteer for AIDS organizations and do interior design and sewing for his friends.
He met his partner Mark Moody in 1999 and they purchased a home in Baltimore in 2001. It showcased their love of the Arts & Crafts movement and was included in a house & garden tour in 2002. Dennis volunteered with the Baltimore Opera in their office as a supernumerary. Throughout his battle with AIDS he never complained and never gave up on living. He will be missed for his spirit, humor, talents, cooking and generosity.
He is survived by his partner, mother Alvira Budda, brothers Allen and Daryl, sister Paulette, sister and brother-in-law Danita and Joe Jacobs, and numerous other relatives and friends. Mi manchi...ti penso sempre.
Contributions in his name may be made to Equity Fights AIDS and the Baltimore Opera Company.
- Bay Area Reporter