FRASCINO--Robert James, MD Robert James Frascino, MD, who fought HIV professionally for 30 years and personally for 20 years, died suddenly on September 17 in Mtn. View, CA. He was 59. The cause of death was bacterial sepsis. His husband, Steven Natterstad, MD, and his sister, Linda Godfrey, were with Bob when he died. His dog, Presto, was also close by. Bob was a physician, an educator, a tireless advocate for the HIV/AIDS community, a trustee of Oberlin College and a concert pianist. His love of life, keen intellect, sense of humor and ever-present smile will be missed by all who knew him. His boundless generosity with his time, his energy and his advocacy encompassed his family, his friends and his community alike. Dr. Frascino crossed the line from physician to patient when an occupational exposure resulted in his testing HIV positive. In 1996, when his health began to fail, he gave up his HIV/AIDS medical practice and turned his efforts to HIV education and fundraising. In his words, "I could now speak with the knowledge and authority of a physician, but with the eyes and heart and soul of a patient." He and Steve, both concert pianists, founded the Concerted Effort benefit concert series, raising funds for crucial HIV/AIDS services worldwide. Concerted Effort 2011, the 17th in the series, was to take place on September 18, the day following Bob's death. Dr. Frascino served as a physician expert at The Body, an HIV/AIDS website. Known as "Dr. Bob" to his global online community, he touched the lives of millions of people through his forums and blog. In addition to his husband and sister, Bob is survived by his parents, Jennie and Angelo Frascino of Saratoga, CA, and by many friends, colleagues and "eyeballs" around the world. A ceremony will be held November 11 at Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA. A reception will follow. Donations may be made to The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation, 1000 Fremont Avenue, Suite 145, Los Altos, CA 94024. www.concertedeffort.org
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Published in The New York Times on Sept. 30, 2011