Federal AIDS Crusader Dies from AIDS Complications
January 6, 2003
Andrew J. Kruzich, who was in charge of federal grants to organizations fighting AIDS, died at home in New Orleans Thursday of complications from the disease. Kruzich, 55, originally from Centerville, Iowa, lived in New Orleans since his retirement two years ago from the Health Resources and Services Administration. He administered grants to community groups providing outpatient care for people with HIV. In addition, over his eight years with the Department of Health and Human Services, he developed new programs and gave seed money to fledgling projects to improve access to treatment, said Deborah Parham, associate administrator of the agencys HIV/AIDS bureau. Kruzich "was very open about the fact that he had HIV," said Dr. Joseph ONeill, director of the White House Office of AIDS Policy. "He provided tremendous leadership and courage for people struggling with the illness," ONeill said, calling Kruzich "a real hero and a model for the nation."Adapted from:
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