Remembrances of HIV-positive friends, family, co-workers and partners.

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We asked each of the AIDS veterans in our story to remember one person lost in the epidemic. Some of the deceased people had other conditions that contributed to their deaths, but all were HIV-positive. During the early days of the epidemic, only one funeral home in Seattle would accept the bodies of AIDS victims.

 

Reginald Diggs

Died in 2007, age 42

Ordained minister and co-founder of African Americans Reach & Teach Health Ministry.

“I consider him a victor, not a victim.”

The Rev. Mary Diggs-Hobson, his mother

 

Terry Kennedy

Died in 2007, age 53

AIDS activist and volunteer with a flair for the funny; sold “queer scout” cookies at a Washington, D.C., march to raise money for Seattle AIDS programs.

“I never met anyone else endowed with this amazing capacity to love and serve like Terry Kennedy.”

George Bakan

 

Josh Joshua

Died in 1989, age 42

Seattle Gay Clinic volunteer, fundraiser and an organizer of the Seattle AIDS Support Group.

“He wasn’t shy about ruffling feathers when it came to getting people to step up and contribute to the cause.”

Tim Burak

 

Bill Ford

Died in 1995, age 49

Longtime executive assistant to Dr. Bob Wood. A fisherman. His entire team donated sick leave to him.

“He was my man Friday and a wonderful person.”

Dr. Bob Wood

 

Kass Anderton

Died in 1997, age 47

Founder of BABES, a support group for women with HIV.

“Underneath it all, she was a hell-raiser.”

Carol Sterling

 

Kaz Jones

Died in 1993, age 42

Texas native, co-founder of People of Color Against AIDS Network, choir member at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

“Kaz was an amazing man of integrity.”

Betsy Lieberman

 

Michael Myers

Died in 1988, age 30

Designed computer programs for Seafair and was the first Asian-American with HIV to give a public talk in Seattle about the disease.

“In this picture, it looks like he could soar — and he would have.”

— Phil Bereano, Michael’s partner