Statements on the passing of our friend Howard Bragman (AB ‘78)


February 13, 2023

Howard Bragman (AB ‘78), a long-time friend and supporter of the Spectrum Center, passed away on Saturday evening, February 11, 2023. News of his passing has been reported by several media outlets including NBC NewsThe AdvocateMLive, and Variety

"I'm deeply saddened over Howard's passing," said Jesse Beal, director of the Spectrum Center. "He was a giant and the fiercest of advocates, dedicating himself to making it possible for LGBTQIA2S+ folks to live as they truly are. Our work and university are transformed—and the world is better today—because Howard was in it. His electric spirit, generosity, and impact will continue to live on in all of us."

“In the brief time that I knew Howard, I was struck by his enduring dedication and passion for transforming the world into a kinder, more welcoming place for our members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community,” said Dr. Martino Harmon, vice president for the Division of Student Life.

“Howard's passing is an incredible loss for the U-M community and the wider LGBTQIA2S+ community," said Will Sherry, director of strategic initiatives for Student Life and former director of the Spectrum Center. "His passion for supporting students was contagious. There have been so many times that Howard stepped-up to support the Spectrum Center, believing in our ability and responsibility, to ensure students have inclusive and equitable experiences. Howard’s passion and advocacy will continue to impact many lives through the supportive services he worked hard to ensure are available on our campus.”

Howard had a distinguished career in public relations and was generous with his time and success, advising the Spectrum Center over the years and, in 2021, pledging $1 million, the center's largest gift ever.

Howard’s family is asking for donations to the Howard Bragman Coming Out Fund in lieu of flowers.