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Mathilde Krim (1926 – 2018), AIDS research pioneer

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Founded the first private organization dedicated to AIDS research

Mathilde Krim, AIDS research pioneer who fought against the stigma of the disease, has died at the age of 91, according to multiple news sources. 

Close friends of Krim posted the news of her passing on Facebook. 

In 1983, Krim founded the AIDS Medical Foundation, the first private organization dedicated to AIDS research. In 1985, AMF became the American Foundation for AIDS Research or amfAR, Krim was the founding chairwoman. The foundation raised money for pioneering clinical trials, AIDS prevention and public policy.

She was active in civil rights throughout her life. She worked to end apartheid in South Africa and was involved in the gay rights movement. Bill Clinton awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 for her work with AIDS research. 

Krim was born in Italy in 1926. She converted to Judaism before she married David Danon, an Israeli doctor she met when she attended the University of Geneva. She received a Doctorate in Biology. 

In 1957, she married entertainment lawyer Arthur Krim and moved to New York City. She led research at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before focusing on AIDS research. 

Tim Horn of The Treatment Action Group, an organization promoting HIV/AIDS research, paid tribute to Krim in a statement. 

“I genuinely believe that we wouldn’t be where we are today without Dr. Krim’s brilliance, determination, and mobilization.” “Beyond her unparalleled contributions to HIV/AIDS research fundraising and awareness, she was an interminable source of strength, support, and wisdom for countless activists over the years.” 

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