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Paul Graham Popham
(1942 - 1987) U.S.A.

Paul Popham

Activist

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Paul was born in Emmett, Idaho. He graduated from Portland (Ore.) State College. In 1966, as a first lieutenant in the Fifth Air Cavalry in Vietnam, he was decorated with the Bronze Star for valor. Paul retired as a Special Forces major in the Army Reserve in 1969, after having led a psychological warfare unit in the United States.

From 1969 until 1980,Paul worked for the Irving Trust Company, leaving as a vice president, He joined McGraw-Hill Inc., where he was general manager of a division. David never took an active political role until he read a newspaper article in 1981 about the disease that became known as AIDS.Paul Popham

Paul was one of a half-dozen founders and the first president of Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City. He remained active in that organization and in the lobbying group until his illness, diagnosed in February 1985, became too severe. He died of AIDS related complications. His longtime companion was Richard Dulong.

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Source: http://query.nytimes.com/

Photo from Newsweek, Aug. 10, 1987
Panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt

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