January 26, 1960 - December 7, 2015Irl Barefield, 55, died of natural causes on Monday, December 7 at his home in San Francisco. After growing up in Nashville, Tenn., Irl completed his undergraduate studies at Kenyon College and pursued an M.A. and Ph. D. in Philosophy at the University of Chicago before graduating from the Boalt School of Law at UC Berkeley and passing the California Bar. After working with Morrison Foerster and Cooley Godward in San Francisco, he accepted a position as Director of the HIV Care program at St Francis Memorial Hospital. In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles to become the Executive Director of the Aids Research Alliance where he is remembered, together with Paul Alan Cox, Institute for Ethnomedicine, for having negotiated an agreement with the Samoan government for access to the bark of the Mamala tree, found only in the Independent State of Samoa, which showed promise as a possible cure for AIDS. This revolutionary agreement assured that if the product were commercially successful profits would be split between further medical research, the people of Samoa and the pharmaceutical company. The bark ingredient, Prostatin, has proven successful in rendering the HIV virus undetectable in primates and is now in the early stages of human clinical trials with the AIDS Research Alliance in Los Angeles. Irl returned to San Francisco Bay area in 2010.