McConnell served as executive director of The Center in 1986.
John Hazen McConnell died peacefully in his sleep on December 30, 2020, with his beloved partner Kevin Hewitt at his side, according to a March 19, 2021 obituary in the San Diego Union-Tribune. McConnell was 70 years old.
In 1986, McConnell served as the executive director of what was then known as the San Diego Gay & Lesbian Community Center. That same year, McConnell his private practice as a Psycholigist and Marriage & Family Counselor, retiring in Oct. 2020.
McConnell wrote about his life's work on his website here.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, donations honoring McConnell and his life can be made to Leather Archives and Museum, Tom of Finland Foundation, or the San Diego LGBT Community Center. An in-person memorial is tentatively planned for late spring or early summer in San Diego.
Those who wish to be notified about the memorial, can email their request to Kevin Hewitt at Kevin.Hewitt.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full obituary can be read here.