Stansbury - Fechter

July 13, 2008

Thomas Stansbury and Laurence Fechter were married in a civil ceremony near Palm Springs CA on Friday June 20, 2008. Their marriage was preceded by a 16 year engagement, and became possible after an enlightened California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-gender marriage. The couple met in 1991 when both were invited to a dinner party at the home of mutual friends in Baltimore. At the time, Dr. Fechter was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and Mr. Stansbury was a flight attendant for USAirways. In 1993 they moved to Oklahoma City, where Dr. Fechter held an endowed Chair at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. At that time, Mr. Stansbury retired from USAirways to return to school. The couple has made their home in Palm Springs since 2002. Mr. Stansbury is the son of Evelyn "Betty" Stansbury of Timonium and the late William "Sam" Stansbury. He is the brother of Kent Stansbury of Timonium and William Samuel Stansbury of Westminster. He was a 1970 graduate of Woodlawn High School, and holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a psychotherapist for the VA at Palm Desert, CA. Dr. Fechter is the son of the late Emanuel and Pearl Fechter of New Rochelle, NY, and is the brother of Lewis Fechter of Mamaroneck, NY. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and is presently a Senior Career Scientist for the VA at Loma Linda, CA. After a two week honeymoon in France, they will return to their home in Palm Springs.

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