October 14, 1987
The new chairman of President Reagan's troubled AIDS advisory commission appointed a new executive director to lead the panel's professional staff. Retired Adm. James D. Watkins named Polly L. Gault, who served as staff director of the Senate subcommittee on education, arts and humanities, to do the staff hiring and direct the day-to-day operations of the AIDS commission. He said the appointment marks "a new stage of heightened productivity for the commission." Gault replaces Linda D.
October 15, 1987 |
Six groups asked a federal court Wednesday to put President Reagan's AIDS commission on legal hold until members are appointed who have experience dealing with the disease. However, the action filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen Litigation Group and four organizations active in AIDS work was not expected to have any impact on commission meetings scheduled today and Friday.
July 20, 1987 |
President Reagan is expected to include a homosexual on a list of appointees that this week will round out the membership of a high-level federal advisory commission on AIDS, Administration officials said today. The officials said Reagan has approved a list of 12 additional members for appointment to the commission he created by executive order last month. At the time, he named Mayo Clinic endocrinologist W. Eugene Mayberry as chairman.
July 21, 1987 |
A New York geneticist active in the gay rights movement has been named by President Reagan to a 13-member federal advisory commission on AIDS, Administration sources said Monday. The sources, speaking on condition that they not be named, identified the panelist as Dr. Frank Lilly, head of genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Lilly, who had not received official word of his appointment, said he thought it was important to have a homosexual on the federal panel.
September 15, 1987 |
The executive director of the President's advisory commission on AIDS was fired after panel members complained to the chairman, Dr. W. Eugene Mayberry, that a lack of leadership undermined the commission's first meeting here last week. Mayberry on Friday asked for the resignation of Linda B. Sheaffer, several weeks ago named chief staff member of the commission. She will return to her job as acting director of the federal Office of Organ Transplantation.
November 10, 1987 |
President Reagan announced the appointment today of Beny J. Primm of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Kristine M. Gebbie of Portland, Ore., to his dissension-torn blue-ribbon commission on AIDS. Moving to bring the panel back to full strength after the resignations of its two top officers, Reagan named Primm to fill the vacancy of Chairman W. Eugene Mayberry and Gebbie to succeed Vice Chairman Woodrow A. Myers Jr.