June 29, 2017 at 10:06 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Ronald DeVrou dies at 67
Ronald DeVrou, gay news, Washington Blade

Ronald DeVrou

Ronald DeVrou, a clinical social worker in private practice in the D.C. area since the early 1990s who also served as a life coach, consultant, and event planner, died in his apartment in the city’s Mount Pleasant section from natural causes. He was 67.

His sister, Debra DeVrou of Lawton, Mich., said D.C. police informed her that her brother’s body was found in his apartment by authorities on June 22 but they didn’t know the exact date of the death. She said authorities told her the cause of death was heart failure.

She said Ronald DeVrou was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., and later moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., to attend Western Michigan University, where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical social work.

“He was one of the original founders of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force on Western Michigan University’s campus,” according to Debra DeVrou.

“And he graduated I think at the top of his class,” she said. “He was very intelligent.”

Debra DeVrou said her brother initially settled in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he and his then wife, Penny DeVrou, had two children, Ryan and Amanda. Debra DeVrou said the couple divorced a short time after Ronald DeVrou came out as gay.

He moved to D.C. around 1990, Debra DeVrou said. Brian Scott, one of Ronald DeVrou’s longtime D.C. friends, said DeVrou a short time later started a private practice as a clinical social worker and life coach initially at an office in the Dupont Circle area.

Scott said DeVrou was a strong supporter of LGBT rights causes.

Debra DeVrou said her brother was predeceased by his parents Marvin J. and Lois DeVrou, his brother Michael Jay DeVrou, and his son Ryan.

He is survived by his sister Debra DeVrou, his daughter Amanda Dutro, three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Scott, DeVrou’s friend in D.C., said Amanda Dutro was in the process of planning a memorial service for DeVrou and those plans were expected to be announced soon.

The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community announced on its website that DeVrou was a friend of the D.C. Center and the Center would share information about arrangements to remember DeVrou when it becomes available.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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