Rodger McFarlane, Who Led AIDS-Related Groups, Dies at 54

Published: May 18, 2009

Rodger McFarlane, Who Led AIDS-Related Groups, Dies at 54

Rodger McFarlane, a leader in the gay rights movement during the early days of the AIDS  epidemic and the first executive director of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, died Friday in Truth or Consequences, N.M. He was 54 and lived in Denver.

He committed suicide, Mr. McFarlane’s brother John confirmed. In a letter that he left, Mr. McFarlane wrote that he was unwilling to become further debilitated by heart and back problems. He had broken his back in 2002.

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