FIAR owes its existence to people living with HIV/AIDS and chronic hepatitis. In this battle against these devastating infections, we have lost many remarkable people. Death is something we all face one day. We honor the memory of at least a few of our friends who have made that next journey and, if there is something beyond this mortal coil, may it be for each of them and so many others, a marvelous adventure.

In loving memory of:
Evan Ruderman, 44, was a lifelong activist who fought injustice in many forms from organizing women factory workers to becoming one of the first female union electricians in NYC and building the Women's Construction Brigade that went to Nicaragua in 1987. A founding member of Women in the Trades, she consulted for NEW throughout her life. A longtime survivor of AIDS, Evan helped to found FIAR and HealthGAP, working tirelessly for treatment access for HIV+ people around the world. A delegate to the World AIDS Conferences in Durban and Barcelona, she organized the Women's Conference in Barcelona in 2002. Evan was active in AIDS prevention and education, publishing articles on surviving with AIDS and speaking to young people and other populations at risk. Her mother, father and step-mother, sister, brothers, nieces and nephews, and many many friends are proud to have known her and shared her life.

Carlton Hogan was a man of amazing intellect, wit and great spirit. We will never forget you! And thank you for your efforts on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS everywhere. He worked for the Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS Statistical Center, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. From the website: The following obituary for Carlton appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on November 20, 2003: Carlton H. Hogan, Age 42, of Minneapolis, died at home on November 18, 2003 after a long fight with AIDS. Preceded in death by his father, Charles Hogan. Survived by his mother, Nina Hogan; brother, Matthew Hogan; sister, Noelle Gray; and nephews, Ethan and Peter Hogan. He will be remembered by many for his warmth, intelligence, wicked sense of humor, ability to raise heck when he saw injustice, and his passion for his work on AIDS clinical drug trials. Memorial service in January to be announced.

Charles Clifton, Test Positive Aware Network Executive Director and Positively Aware Editor Charles E. Clifton, 45, passed away on Sunday, August 15, of a pulmonary embolism. He leaves behind his loving partner, Kurt Kausch, of Chicago and dear mother, Claudell Clifton Weaver, of Louisville, Mississippi, and many family and friends. Born February 11, 1959 in Milwaukee , WI , Clifton earned a B.A. in U.S. History at San Francisco State University in 1993, an M.A. from both Dartmouth College , 1995 and University of Chicago , 2002. Clifton joined TPAN in 1995, and in 2000 assumed the duties of editor of Positively Aware. In July of 2002, Clifton was appointed executive director of TPAN. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the national AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC); chaired the Community Advisory Board of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections; and chaired the Executive Committee of the North American Treatment Action Forum (NATAF). Learn more about Charles and TPAN here.

Keith Cylar
was a founder and director of the largest and one of the most important AIDS Service Organizations in the United States, Housing Works. He was a dear friend, a bright light and a powerful voice in the fight against AIDS and in the routine discrimination faced by the poorest and often most vulnerable in our society.

And in memory of Charles J. Carter and C. Edwin Carter.
And to dear friends, Lal and Zephyr!

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