Karl Bissinger, 1914-2008

Susan Pines, Karl Bissinger, and Ralph DiGia selling WRL literature, April 26, 1980.
© Dorothy Marder 1980 

Beloved longtime WRL staff member Karl Bissinger succumbed to a stroke on November 19. Karl was an energetic and creative fund raiser, an enthusiastic civil disobedient, a generous host to countless meetings, and - most important - a loyal and supportive friend to hundreds of Greenwich Village artists and activists and a devoted, loving partner to Dick Hanley.

Before joining WRL, Karl was a world-renowned photographer and served as a draft counselor and underground railroad conductor for thousands of Vietnam-era resisters.

WIN magazine will present a retrospective of Karl's life in our next issue.

Karl in the WRL office.  © 1974 Grace Hedemann

WRL Exec Cttee meeting at Karl's apt.  © Grace Hedemann