Geneticist, Early Crusader Against AIDS Dies At 91
Mathilde Krim worked tirelessly to battle against superstitions, fears and prejudices that have stigmatized many people with AIDS.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force In AIDS Crusade, Dies At 91
Mathilde Krim, who crusaded against the scourge of AIDS with appeals to conscience that raised funds and international awareness of a disease that has killed more than 39 million people worldwide, died Monday at her home in Kings Point, N.Y. She was 91. (McFadden, 1/17)
Los Angeles Times:
Mathilde Krim, Who Galvanized Worldwide Support In The Fight Against AIDS, Dies At 91
Both fascinated and horrified by the mysterious virus that was taking a heavy a toll on gay communities across America, Krim sought to both understand the disease and raise funds for better and quicker research. She quickly saw what a lonely fight it would be. When Krim tried to rally scientists, corporate donors and government officials, most turned away. Time and again people told her the disease was striking “those who deserved it.” “In those early days, they were literally dying in the streets,” Krim said. “[Gay men who had AIDS] lost their jobs, their apartments — their families turned away from them. It turned my stomach. It really impacted me, and I decided this was something not to be tolerated.” (Marble, 1/17)