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Carlton H. Hogan ’83

Courtesy of Rainbow Health

Renowned AIDS activist Carlton Henry Hogan ’83 died November 18, 2003, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following an extensive battle with AIDS.

Carlton was a founding member of Minnesota ACT-UP, the Recovery Alliance, and the Coalition for Salvage Therapy. He served on numerous boards; task forces; and focus groups, including the FDA antiviral advisory committee; and was a guest at the White House invitational meeting on HIV/AIDS in 1995. He was voted one of the 10 most influential AIDS researchers by POZ magazine; and edited PW Alive, a journal by, for, and about individuals with HIV and AIDS. (The journal was billed as “the Midwest’s least polite AIDS periodical.”)

Carlton was a passionate advocate for AIDS patients and insisted that they have agency over their condition and their treatment. He pressed researchers to improve the design and logic of their studies. "Carlton was one of the community’s key experts on clinical trial design and biostatistics and taught many of us how to look at clinical research and AIDS care," wrote activist Gregg Gonsalves. "He was a mentor to me and many others.”  

In time not allocated to writing, presenting, training, or speaking about AIDS, Carlton composed what he termed "demented" music. He was a warm, intelligent, humorous man, with a passion for resolving injustice and providing hope for those with AIDS. He attended Reed for three and a half years and worked most recently as a training coordinator in Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS Statistical Center at the University of Minnesota. Survivors include his mother, sister, brother, and nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2004

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