Friday, July 19, 2013

Lake View Ave: Gunther Freehill
In Memoriam

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 18, 2013.  Sunset over Silver Ridge.

Former Red Car Property neighbor, Gunther Freehill passed away in Washington DC, July 15, 2013,  following complications from a heart attack, at the age of 60. 

Freehill was a legendary AIDS activist who went from the front lines of ACT UP/LA to working as the public affairs director for LA County Office of AIDS Programs and Policy.  In 2005, Freehill moved to Washington DC's Dept of Public Health HIV/AIDS Administration.     

Freehill was a Red Car Property neighbor and Lake View Ave resident before he moved to DC.  He was always supportive of community efforts battling developers and working to acquire the Red Car Property as a park. 

I remember Gunther at community meetings as well as talking to him whenever we went door to door organizing.  He was an activist at heart.  It seems like so long ago that ACT UP/LA was controversial. 

Recommended reading:  Gunther Freehill's obituary in Frontiers.