Obituary : Gerardo Roger Garza , 47
...Obituary : Gerardo Roger Garza , 47
...Gerardo Roger Garza , 47 , died Aug. 24 after a lengthy battle with AIDS , according to Sara Riney , communications manager for AID Atlanta
...Gerardo Roger GarzaA native of Monterrey , Mexico , Garza graduated from the University of Nuevo Leon in 1978 , where he was an undergraduate psychology instructor
.After relocating to Chicago in 1983 , Garza continued his education receiving a masters of education in research methodology from Loyola University
moved to Atlanta in 1989 , where he
taught Spanish at North Georgia College in Dahlonega , as well as the Brandon Hall school in Atlanta.
Diagnosed with AIDS in 1992 , Garza
was forced to retire from teaching and was dealt another blow when his
partner died of AIDS the same year.
For the next 30 months , while fighting AIDS with new medications , Garza
lived at Haven House , an AIDS hospice , and the Edgewood residential facility for low-income people living with AIDS.
health stabilized , Garza
began volunteering and became involved in AIDS advocacy.He subsequently served as a member of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta , the Community Program for Clinical Research on AIDS and the Georgia Statewide HIV Prevention & Planning Committee
viewed working on the Metropolitan Atlanta Ryan White HIV/AIDS Council
as one of his
greatest accomplishment , according to Riney.He also was proud to be a member of the Community Constituency Group of the Adult AIDS Clinical Trial Group
Related IssuesFor an overview of this issue see :.ObituariesGarza
wrote Spanish articles and newsletters for HIV/AIDS publications and after volunteering with AID Atlanta for several years , was hired as a bilingual information specialist for the agency's information line.
is survived by a son , Fabian Roger Garza Trevino of London , UK , as well as two brothers living in Mexico and another brother and two sisters living in Chicago.
A memorial service was planned for Aug. 30 at AID Atlanta.