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Mathilde Krim Dies: AIDS Research Pioneer Was 91

Mathilde Krim Dies: AIDS Research Pioneer Was 91
Founding Chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim, founding chairman of amfAR, attends HBO's 'The Battle of amfAR' premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, 2013, in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:04 AM

Mathilde Krim, a leading pioneer in the fight against AIDS, died peacefully at her home in King's Point, New York, on Monday at the age of 91, ABC News noted.

The founding chairman of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) dedicated her life to creating awareness around AIDS while actively researching the devastating disease.

Krim came from a geneticist and virologist background and, when the first cases of AIDS emerged in the 1980s, she campaigned for further research to be done while also fighting to eliminate stigmas attached to the disease, Jezebel reported.

In 1983 she founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), the first private organization dedicated to AIDS research, and two years later it merged with another group to form amfAR, the organization said in a statement.

Krim sat as chairman on the board from 1990 to 2004 and in August 2000 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

Allan Rosenfield, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a longtime member of amfAR's Board of Trustees said that Krim helped carry AIDS into the social mainstream.

"She saw that AIDS would demand the intellectual resources of the fields of medicine, basic science and public health, and she set out to bring them to amfAR to guide its research grantmaking, overturning many stereotypical notions of gay men in the process," he said.

According to amfAR, Krim pushed for legislation that increased access to life saving treatment for those with AIDS and also campaigned for federal funding for research to be increased.

AmfAR chief executive officer Kevin Robert Frost noted that Krim had a profound impact on the lives of many people.

"While we all feel a penetrating sadness at the loss of someone we loved so deeply, it is important to remember how much she gave us and the millions for whom she dedicated her life."

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