Bay Area founder of AIDS Project dies

October 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Bay Area physician, who worked to stop AIDS before the disease even had a name, has died.

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Robert Scott was one of the founders of AIDS Project East Bay in the late 1980's, to treat patients battling HIV. He was still with the organization when he died. He also fought fiercely for funding for AIDS research and treatment.

"So on the one hand there's this big teddy bear, this giant loving teddy bear, we all knew and loved and on the other hand there was this advocate and this powerful voice that could to speak to power," said Alvan Quamina, from AIDS Project of The East Bay.

In 2004 Dr. Scott adopted an orphanage for children with AIDS in Zimbabwe.

He visited several times a year, bringing supplies, and other doctors.

Dr. Scott died last night, of complications from blood clots. He was in his 65.

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