Dan grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, and received a BS in Business Administration from West Virginia University. After relocating to Atlanta in the late 1970s, he enjoyed a successful career in electronic sales with Macy's, becoming one of the retail giant's leading performers. His career evolved in the mid 1990s after he became a volunteer with Atlanta's AIDS Survival Project and was subsequently tapped to manage the agency's Treatment Education Department. Under his direction, it became the most influential and respected resource of its kind in the southeast.
Dan excelled as an advocate in HIV treatment education, regularly attending scientific conferences and publishing articles read by people all over the world. Over the years he had been a member of the Southeastern Gay Men's Health Summit and Positive Living Conference organizing committees and served on the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA) and Emory Hope Clinic community advisory boards. Most recently, Dan had been a Research Specialist with the University of Connecticut's Atlanta-based Share Project.
Dan is survived by a brother, Kerry, and his mother, Ellen. He will be deeply missed by family and friends as well as the HIV/AIDS community, for whom he had been a generous, dedicated link to information and resources for over a decade. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 1 PM at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree Street, in Atlanta.
A memorial fund to benefit Dan's favorite AIDS organizations has been established. Donations may be forwarded to BeautyAid, Inc., 781 Dalerose Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030. www.beautyaid.org.
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