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
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
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.
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!