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Arthur AsheDied on February 6, 1993

  • Grew up in Richmond, Virginia
  • Graduated in 1966 with a BA in Business Administration from UCLA
  • In 1975, at the age of 31, Ashe won Wimbledon
  • In 1988 Arthur received the news that he was HIV-Positive
  • Arthur Ashe passed away on February 6, 1993

Bobby Campbell

  • Diagnosed in September 1981
  • One of San Francisco's first cases of AIDS

Dr. Luc Montagnier

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Director, Center for Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • In 1983, as head of the Viral Oncology Unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, he and his colleagues discovered the human retrovirus later to be known as HIV-1, the etiologic agent of AIDS. 
  • In 1985, his team isolated the second human AIDS virus, HIV-2
  • He co-founded The World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention in 1993

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Director, Center for Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • In 1983, as head of the Viral Oncology Unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, he and his colleagues discovered the human retrovirus later to be known as HIV-1, the etiologic agent of AIDS.
  • In 1985, his team isolated the second human AIDS virus, HIV-2
  • He co-founded The World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention in 1993

Greg Louganis

  • Gregory Efthimios Louganis was born in San Diego on Jan. 29, 1960
  • By the time he was 12, he was doing speed, selling marijuana at school and even attempting suicide
  • Louganis won his first world platform title in 1978
  • In 1994, Louganis came out and declared his homosexuality during a videotaped message to athletes competing at Gay Games IV in New York
  • Feb. 24, 1995-that four-time Olympic-gold-medal diving champion Greg Louganis announced to the world via a televised interview with Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 that he is a gay man living with AIDS

LiberaceDied on February 4 1987

  • Wladziu Valentino Liberace
  • Born on May 16, 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin
  • Attended Wisconsin College of Music
  • Died on February 4, 1987 in Palm Springs, Florida

Perry Ellis

  • Originally from Virginia
  • Began his career in department store retailing
  • After working as a Design Director for a well known sportswear firm, Perry was given the opportunity to create his own division, which he named Portfolio
  • In 1978 his success enabled him to become the head of his own Women's Sportswear Collection
  • By 1980 he felt confident that his design sensibility would also be appropriate for men's sportswear
  • He became known for his non-traditional, modern classics, and was lauded for consistently creating innovative fashion with "a twist".

Rock HudsonDied on October 2, 1985

  • Real Name: Leroy Harold Scherer, Jr.
  • Birth: 17 November 1925, Winnetka, Illinois
  • Biography: "My Story" by Rock Hudson with Sara Davidson 
  • After graduating from high school, he worked as a mail carrier and was a Navy airplane mechanic during WW II.
  • With time and practice he prevailed and by the mid-50s, after 'Magnificent Obsession', was among the leading stars on the Universal lot.
  • Academy Award: Nominated 1957 Best Actor for 'Giant'
  • Golden Globe: Winner 1959 World Film Favorite: Male
  • Golden Globe: Winner 1960 World Film Favorite: Male
  • Golden Globe: Co-Winner 1961 World Film Favorite: Male, Tony Curtis
  • Golden Globe: Winner 1963 World Film Favorite: Male
  • Spouse: Phyllis Gates (1955 - 1958), agent's secretary
  • His death at 59 of complications from AIDS astounded many of his fans, who were unaware of his homosexuality. His search for a cure focused worldwide attention on AIDS. He was the first major public figure to acknowledge openly that he was suffering from the disease.
  • Died on October 2, 1985, Beverly Hills, California

Roy CohnDied on August 2, 1986

  • Roy Marcus Cohn was born on February 20, 1927 in New York City
  • At the age of 20 he graduated from Columbia Law school
  • After being admitted to the bar the next year, he used his connections to get on the staff of the United States Attorney in Manhattan
  • Appointed chief counsel to Joseph McCarthy's subcommittee, Cohn became the grand inquisitor in McCarthy's ferocious attempts to ferret out "the Communist threat."
  • During the seventies he was a regular at the notorious and trendy disco Club 54
  • In June, 1986, near death from what he said was liver cancer, he was disbarred from practicing law in New York State by the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court on the grounds that his legal conduct had been "unethical," "unprofessional" and "reprehensible."
  • On August 2, 1986, he died of cardio-pulmonary arrest. The death certificate listed secondary causes as "underlying HTLV-3 infections" and AIDS-related "dementia."

Roy Halston FrowickDied on March 26, 1990

  • Born on April 23, 1932, Des Moines, Iowa
  • American designer of elegant fashions
  • Died on March 26, 1990, San Francisco, Calif.

Ryan WhiteDied on April 8, 1990

  • December 6, 1971, Ryan Wayne White was born
  • December 26, 1984, Ryan's mother, Jeanne, told him that he had AIDS (he contracted it through a transfusion of tainted blood used in treating his hemophilia)
  • On April 8, 1990 Ryan died