Timothy Lamont Clark, who was named by the late gay rights leader Frank Kameny as the main beneficiary of Kameny’s estate, has withdrawn a lawsuit he filed last month against two of four friends and fellow activists of Kameny’s.
Through his attorneys, Clark on March 29 asked a D.C. Superior Court judge to dismiss the lawsuit against Charles Francis and Bob Witeck. One of the attorneys, Glen Ackerman, said the suit was dropped after Francis and Witeck agreed to return to the estate property that the suit claimed the two men “wrongfully” removed from Kameny’s house shortly after he died last October.
Ackerman said Francis returned 17 boxes containing a wide array of Kameny’s belongings, including a World War II-era military uniform and military metals, which Ackerman said belong to Kameny’s estate. He said Witeck returned a collection photographs.
Francis and Witeck said before the suit was filed that they had taken the items for safekeeping and planned to return them. Kameny’s will named Clark as his personal representative as well as the beneficiary of his house and all other possessions except his papers, which he bequeathed to the Library of Congress.
The two others named in Clark’s lawsuit — Richard Rosendall and Marvin Carter —have yet to return items they allegedly took from Kameny’s house shortly after Kameny died, Ackerman said.