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AIDS Doctor-Activist Dies

May 30, 1989 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Barry D. Gingell, a doctor who campaigned to speed up the testing of experimental drugs for AIDS and to increase access to them, has died of the disease. He was 34.

Gingell, a Manhattan resident, died Monday at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

For nearly two years, Gingell was the top medical expert for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a New York City service and education organization seeking to combat the disease.

Gingell, an internist and nutritionist, served on the National Academy of Sciences, the Society of Infectious Diseases, the Community Research Initiative and the AIDS Resource Center.

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Gingell had been hospitalized for the last three months. He was stricken by aqcuired immune deficiency syndrome four years ago.

″Drug research is going at a maddeningly slow pace,″ he told The New York Times 15 months ago. ″Right now at least 10 to 20 drugs show promising results elsewhere in the world or in the laboratory but many potential therapies aren’t being tested.″

He is survived by his parents, Harry and Betty Gingell of Johnson City and two sisters, Betsy Lake of Reston, Va., and Sherry Cione of Johnson City.