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October 7, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
The head of the Shanti Project, a pioneering and widely emulated organization that provides emotional and practical support to people with AIDS, has quit amid accusations that he mismanaged the $3-million-a-year agency, directors of the group said Thursday. Shanti agreed to pay Jim Geary, executive director of Shanti since 1982, $73,000--a year's pay--thus averting a threatened court battle that could have undermined what is a cornerstone in this city's fight against the AIDS epidemic.
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October 7, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
The head of the Shanti Project, a pioneering and widely emulated organization that provides emotional and practical support to people with AIDS, has quit amid accusations that he mismanaged the $3-million-a-year agency, directors of the group said Thursday. Shanti agreed to pay Jim Geary, executive director of Shanti since 1982, $73,000--a year's pay--thus averting a threatened court battle that could have undermined what is a cornerstone in this city's fight against the AIDS epidemic.
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October 25, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Last Gasp, a San Francisco-based alternative comics publisher, has issued Strip AIDS USA, a 140-page collection of cartoons, to raise money for Shanti Project, a group providing support services for people with AIDS. Edited by feminist cartoonist Trina Robbins, the collection is modelled after Strip AIDS, a British anthology published in 1987.
NEWS
February 18, 1993
Lester Wilson, a dancer and choreographer whose mentors included Bob Fosse and Josephine Baker and whose credits ranged from the musical "Pal Joey" to the recent film "Sister Act," died Sunday in Los Angeles. A family spokesman said he was 51 and died of a heart attack. His career ranged from stage to motion pictures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1991 | TOM McQUEENEY
About 2,000 walkers, joggers and skaters are expected in Irvine on Sunday morning to participate in the fifth annual AIDS Walk Orange County. The 10-kilometer walk is expected to raise about $375,000 to help fund services for county residents with AIDS, to help with AIDS education and to fund research into the disease. About two-thirds of the money raised comes from the walkers, who collect sponsorships for each kilometer, walk director Catherine Winthrop said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1989 | KIMBERLY L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
Gary Burdick, the 15-year companion of Laguna Beach Mayor Robert F. Gentry, died early Tuesday in a Newport Beach hospital of complications from AIDS, Gentry said. Burdick, 49, died at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. While the coroner will investigate the cause of death, Gentry said he is certain that it was related to acquired immune deficiency syndrome. "I'm angry that he passed away from a disease that should not have killed him," Gentry said Wednesday.
NEWS
July 18, 1987 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
Burial services for Gerry Parker, a pioneer in gay rights politics in California, were held Thursday in Nashua, N.H. Parker, 38, died of AIDS July 10 in San Francisco, and memorial services were held earlier this week at St. Martin's Episcopal Church there. Described as having an unflagging energy for political strategies, he was involved in California politics, especially human rights, pro-peace and gay and lesbian issues, after moving to Los Angeles in 1975 from New Hampshire.
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July 25, 1987 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
Gerry Parker, 38, a pioneer in gay rights politics in California, died of AIDS July 10 in San Francisco and memorial services were held last week at St. Martin's Episcopal Church there. Described as having an unflagging energy for political strategies, he was involved in California politics, especially human rights, pro-peace and gay and lesbian issues, after moving to Los Angeles in 1975 from New Hampshire. "He truly believed in going straight to the problem and not sidestepping it.
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June 6, 1990 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dan Turner, who survived eight years with AIDS, becoming in the process a personification of hope to those with that fatal disease, has lost his historic struggle. The one-time playwright and actor was 42 when he died Monday in San Francisco, ending a battle that had begun in February, 1982, when doctors--who then were seeing the undiagnosed illness for the first time--were able to tell him only that he had "gay cancer."
NEWS
May 12, 1989 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, Times Staff Writer
This city's pioneering system of compassionate, cost-effective AIDS care is being overwhelmed by an unexpected surge in new cases, longer-living patients, dwindling charitable contributions and burnout among volunteers and staff. The "San Francisco model," which harnessed the altruism of thousands of volunteers to minimize the hospital stays of patients, has been widely emulated, and city officials believe its woes portend trouble elsewhere. "I'm afraid we are showing the rest of the country where they are headed," said Dr. Tom Peters, San Francisco's associate health director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1988 | CURTIS L. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
In what supporters hailed as a "bold step in the right direction for the care of AIDS patients," the San Diego Housing Commission Thursday unanimously approved a recommendation that would transform a city-owned duplex into a demonstration project providing temporary housing for AIDS patients. The commission's decision was praised by those who have long maintained that the city is "lagging far behind" in the services it provides to AIDS victims.
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