Columbia University AIDS Memorial

Columbians Who Have Died of AIDS 


The names below have been identified in obituaries, articles and by friends as Columbians who have died of AIDS.  The list surely reflects only a tiny percentage of Columbians overall who have died from the epidemic, which itself only a tiny percentage of those worldwide who have died of AIDS.

This list was originally compiled as part of the 1994 CU Libraries exhibition Stonewall & Beyond.  You can find the link to the webpage that Columbia Archives maintains at the bottom of the page.  If you have first-hand knowledge of others who should be included, please contact Columbia University Archives. Make sure to supply full name; Columbia affiliation, degrees, etc.; year of death; and any obituaries or remembrances.


 2015:  130 names

 2011:  127 names 

 2001:  122 names 

 1998:  121 names

 1994:   54 names 

Abreu, Danny William (1995) Instructor, Theater Management Program 
Almeida, Felisberto (Beto) Library Staff 
Amili, Adimu Alumnus, Law School 
Anderson, Larz F., 2nd (1992) Alumnus, Business 
Anderson, Olin Staff, Law Library 
Aromando, Anthony R. (1994) M.A., Social Work
Austin, David Craig Alumnus, School of the Arts 
Baker, Gary (1989) Alumnus, Columbia College, '84
Barber, Charles Andrew School of the Arts 
Barnett, Allen O. Alumnus, School of the Arts 
Beddow, Reid (1992)  Alumnus
Belmonte, Thomas (1995) PhD & Instructor, Anthropology 
Bennett, Richard Faculty, Speech Program 
Berger, Ira Alumnus 
Bittern, Arwin (aka Andrew) (1995) Alumnus
Boyd, Brian Alumnus, Law School 
Brookner, Howard (1989) Alumnus, CC 
Brown, Charles (1992) Master's, exercise physiology and counseling
Brown, Jacob (1993) Former Ass't Dean, Student Affairs, GS 
Brown, Jay (1994) Faculty, Dept. of Medicine 
Bucholtz, Jeffrey (1990)  Alumnus, Architecture 
Burton, Scott (1939-1989) Alumnus, 
Carples, Jeffrey L. (1994) former V.P., CU Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Cassidy, Tom (1991) Alumnus, Journalism 
Chenitz-Manley, Carole (1992) Alumna, School of Nursing 
Cohen, Daniel H. (1995) Former Dir., Photography Program, Sch. of Journalism
Cohen, David H. (1992) Alumnus, GSAS 
Cohn, Roy Alumnus, CC and Law 
Contini, Alan Student, GS 
Cooney, Neil Former admissions counselor, GSAS 
Coste, Jean-Roland Alumnus, Law School, '81 
Cox, John Union Theological Seminary Library 
Cumpiano, Hiram Staff, Administrative Information Services 
Dawson, Kenneth L. (1992)  Graduate, Inst. of Non-Profit Mgmt. 
De Rugeriis, Joseph (1996) Alumnus 
Del Ponte, Joseph (1995) Graduate, School of Journalism 
DeSipio, George, Jr. (1993) Alumnus
Diaz Alejandro, Carlos (1985) Professor, Economics 
Douglas, Paul (1995) Alumnus, Computer Science Dept. Co-Founder, CU Gay Health Advocacy Proj. 
Dixon, Melvin Former instructor, English Dept. 
Donaldson, Stephen "Donnie" (1996) Alumnus, Founder, CU Student Homophile League 
Dunn, James (1991) Financial Administrator, Writing Project, TC 
Failla, Richard (1993)  Alumnus, Law School 
Fedornock, Frank (1992)  School of Social Work   (mention in Times, 12/21/95) 
Ferri, Roger Faculty, School of Architecture 
Fortuin, Thomas M. (1993) Alumnus, Law School
Fox, John Alumnus, School of the Arts 
Friedman, Lewis M. (1992) Alumnus, CC 
Garcia, Stuart (1986)  Alumnus, CC '84
Gardner, James Asst. Dean, GSAS 
Gewirtz, George (1994) Alumnus, CC, P&S; Faculty NYSPI 
Gingell, Barry (1989)  Former student 
Gottesman, Edward H. (1992) Alumnus, CC 
Greenspan, Stuart (1990)  Alumnus, CC 
Hall, Shelton Staff, Bursar's Office 
Halpern, Kenneth S., (1996) Former Instructor, Urban Design 
Hawkeswood, William Alumnus, GSAS 
Hill, Christopher Law School 
Israel, Franklin D. (1996) Alumnus, School of Architecture
Johnson, Ross Columbia College 
Kadet, Sandford Former instructor, English Dept. 
King, Dan (1995) Director of Development, Libraries 
Kish, Tony Development Officer, Law School 
Kwalick, Barry Alumnus, GSAS 
La Giglia, Anthony (1996) Staff, Administrative Information Services
Langdon, Bruce Library staff 
Lerblace, Penn Alumnus, Law School, '79 
Licata, Sal Teacher's College 
Lida, Mark Former staff, Amer. Language Program 
Lieberson, Jonathan (1989) Ph.D., Philosophy 
List, Theo Neurologist, Columbia-Presbyterian 
Manford, Morty (1992) Founder Gay People at CU
Martin, John L. (1992) Professor, Health Sciences 
Mashburn, Robert J. (1995) Ph.D., Education
Massa, Robert (1994) M.A., English
Mayerson, Robert Graduate student, SG 
McAliley, Robert Student, School of the Arts 
McGarry, Shawn (1994) Student, School of Social Work
McGinty, Timothy Edwin (1993) Alumnus, Law '87 
Mederos, Peter Graduate School of Architecture 
Medoff, Peter (1994) B.A.; Masters, Urban Planning (1982)
Mitchell, Michael Union Theological Seminary 
Monroe, Ronald B. (1990) Former student 
Nadelson, Andrew (1993) Ph.D., School of Music 
Neumeier, Charles (1985) Alumnus, GSAS 
Norton, Joseph (1986) Alumnus, CC, 1984
O'Brien, Kevin School of Engineering 
Olanoff, Gerald B. (1995)  Graduate, School of Architecture 
Oppenheim, Philip Staff, UDAR 
Patterson, George Associate Director, Bursar's Office 
Peduto, Stephen A. (1992) Former student
Perkins, Anthony Former student, GS 
Peters, Eddie Alumnus, CC, 1981
Post, Rick Former student, GS 
Preston, Erwin Former instructor, Amer. Language Program 
Ramos, Robert Student, School of the Arts 
Rango, Nicholas (1993) Ph.D., Sociology; Former faculty, Barnard 
Ratliff, Neil M. (1994) M.S., Sch. of Library Service
Revson, James (1991) Alumnus, Journalism 
Richardson, David Student, School of the Arts 
Riley, Dennis (1999) Former Assistant Professor, Music Dept.
Rinaldo, Tony Staff, University Printing Services 
Rozeli, Ron Alumnus, GS 
Ryan, Michael School of the Arts 
Sachner, Paul M. (1992) Alumnus, School of Architecture
Santomasso, Eugene Alumnus, GSAS, GSAP 
Schaeffer, Martin M. (1996) M.A.,School of the Arts
Schmalz, Jeffrey (1993) Alumnus, CC 
Schultz, Gene (1994) Alumnus, Law School, '68 
Schutz, Prescott (1990) Alumnus, CC 
Sircello, Guy (1993) Alumnus 
Smith, Mark A. (1993) Alumnus
Starr, Richard Alumnus, Business School 
Steinke, William (1988) Former Library staff; alumnus, SLS 
Stonehouse, Joseph SIPA 
Stuart, Otis (1995) M.A., English Lit.
Sykes, Curtis (1994) Alumnus, Law '88 
Sullivan, Victor Thomas, Jr (1984) Alumnus, CC, '71
Thim, Dennis (1992) Alumnus, CC, '81
Thompson, David R. Former Library staff; alumnus, SLS 
Towlen, Gary (1988) Alumnus, CC, '63
Tyus, Victor Alumnus, Law School 
Van Ryzin, John (1987) Professor, Dept. of Statistics 
Venet, Steven Dept. Administrator, Earl Hall Center 
Ward, Matthew Alumnus 
White, Robin Staff, GSAS 
Whitington, G. Luther Graduate, Harriman Institute/SIA 
Widdowfield, Joseph Alumnus, CC; former Library staff 
Wiley, Mason (1994) Alumnus
Wilson, William (1999)  Graduate School of Journalism
Wright, Jason Alumnus, SLS
Last upload:  Nov. 22, 2023
Key to abbreviations:

CC = Columbia College
GSAS = Gradual School of Arts and Sciences
GS = General Studies
SLS = School of Library Service
GSAP = Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation