Mark Hundahl, the straight co-owner of Los Angeles-based LGBT magazine Frontiers, died early Thursday morning of cancer, according to Frontiers' news editor Karen Ocamb. Hundahl was 61 years old.
Ocamb's lengthy remembrance of her boss quotes Frontiers publisher David Stern, a longtime friend and business partner of Hundahl's, recalling the professional partnership between the two men.
"Those who knew us well and experienced how we worked together called us 'the odd couple,' Stern told Frontiers, the magazine he has been running for the past four years. "I'm the eternal optimist, always seeing the glass half-full. Mark, on the other hand, was more like, 'Where's the glass?' There's water everywhere.' He always saw that you could either ride its wave or possibly drown in it. We always had each other's back, and we never let each other drown."
Hundahl is survived by his wife, Dr. Bethany Marshall. A memorial service will be scheduled in January, reports Ocamb. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested for the nonprofit Hundahl recently founded with Stern, the Frontiers Awareness & Education Foundation. Donations can be made online, or tax-deductable checks can be made payable to Frontiers Awareness & Education Foundation, and sent to 5657 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036.
Read Ocamb's full remembrance of Hundahl and his myriad contributions to the LGBT community here.