Barry Gingell
The Washington Post

May 31, 1989, Wednesday, Final Edition

AIDS Activist Barry Gingell Dies at 34


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Dr. Barry Gingell, 34, an internist, nutritionist and computer scientist who became medical director of the Gay Men's Health Crisis organization in New York and a noted advocate for improved treatment of AIDS patients, died May 28 at a hospital in New York City. He had AIDS.

He had served on national panels addressing the AIDS epidemic organized by such groups as the National Academy of Sciences and the Society of Infectious Diseases. He had testified before Congress, review panels of the Food and Drug Administration and the Presidential Commission on the HIV Epidemic.

Dr. Gingell was critical of several federal agencies, particularly the National Institutes of Health and the FDA, which he felt were creating unneeded delays in moving new drug therapies through the pipeline to patients.

He was a resident of Manhattan and had been head medical authority with the Gay Health Men's Crisis group's medical information program for the past two years. He also had edited two technical newsletters concerning AIDS. He reviewed materials for the National Academy of Science's 1988 report, "Confronting AIDS."

Dr. Gingell was a native of Johnson City, N.Y., and a graduate of Syracuse University. He earned his medical degree at New York University and studied computer science at Columbia University. He practiced medicine in New York and also founded Optimal Nutrition Engineering, a New York concern which offered computerized nutrition information.

Survivors include his parents, Harry and Betty Gingell of Johnson City, and two sisters, Betsy Lake of Reston, and Sherry Cone of Johnson City.

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