About this block
This block was designed and made by The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt Project committee to answer the question, “But who do I know that has died of AIDS?” to mark World AIDS Day, December 1st 1994.
A list was made up of well-known people from within New Zealand and around the world who were known to have died as a result of AIDS, and their names were printed on The Quilt along side a star. Some stars are left blank for others to be added at some future time.
The full list of people below, is repeated after the photo of the block (in alphabetical order of last name), with their individual stars at a larger size to read more clearly, along with an indication of where their names appear on the block. People remembered on this block include:
From the Film and Performing Arts industries
Arthur Bressan Jnr
Howard Ashman (Composer)
Keith Harring (Artist)
Robert Maplethorpe (Photographer)
Michael Foulcault (Philosopher)
Roy Cohn (Attorney)
Arthur Ashe (Tennis Player)
Dr. Tom Waddell (Doctor and Athlete)
Child AIDS Activists
Eve Van Grafhorst
Marc Bensemann (Journalist)
Other photos of this block
A composer from the United States of America whos work includes Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin
An AIDS activist from New Zealand, he was a co-founder of Body Positive and founder of the 12x12 groups in New Zealand
An advocate for HIV testing in the United States of America after becoming infected from her dentist
An early AIDS activist from New Zealand. The New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Auckland clinic is named in his memory.
A doctor from England, he is best remembered as a member of the comedy group Monty Python
A Scottish actor who played, among other roles, one of the leading roles in the movie Chariots of Fire.
Sadly, someone left out the letter R in his name on The Quilt.
Fashion designer from the United States of America who designed clothing for Dolly Parton among others
An award winning author from the United Kingdom (not the U.S.A. as printed on The Quilt in error), he won a number of prizes for his travel books
Actor from the United States of America, best known for his role in the movie Midnight Express
An actor from the United Kingdom, well known for his part in the film A Room With A View.
A comedian from the United States of America who made the puppet Madam famous.
Sadly, the wrong first name is given for him on The Quilt.
An activist and advocate (especially for young children and infants) from the United States of America
A New Zealand AIDS activist and co-founder of Collective Thinking, the periodical for and by people living with HIV/AIDS.
An entertainer and pianist from the United States of America, well known for his jackets, and the large rings he wore on his fingers
Photographer from the United States of America, best known for his gay erotic photographs.
An actor from the United States of America who became famous for his part in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
An actor from the United States of America who played the part of the father in the TV series The Brady Bunch
British film director who won two Oscars (Best film and Best Director) for his 1964 film Tom Jones
An author and activist from the United States of America, probably best known for The Celluloid Closet (1981) on gay people in the movie industry
Actor from the United States of America who played the part of Darren in the TV series Bewitched
An actor from the United States of America, best known for his role in the TV series Wiseguy
Eve Van Grafhorst
Also known as "Angel Eve", she was born in Australia, where she couldn't enrol at a preschool because she had HIV, came to New Zealand (where she was readily accepted) with her New Zealand born mother and spent the rest of her life promoting AIDS awareness
Dr. Tom Waddell
A doctor for the United States of America army, he was an Olympic athlete (finished 6th in the 1968 Decathlon), and founded what is today known as the Gay Games
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