Andrew Kruzich, who worked for eight years with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services as a grant administrator for AIDS projects, died of AIDS-related complications January 2 at his home in New Orleans, where he relocated after retiring two years ago. He was 55. Kruzich had been responsible for allocating more than $100 million a year to organizations around the country that provide HIV/AIDS services as well as providing start-up money to new organizations and groups working to expand access to anti-HIV drug therapy.
"Because of the kind of work that Andy did to make sure that people had access to care and treatment, thousands of people all over the country are alive today," Joseph O'Neill, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, told The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune. "He was somebody who, in a very quiet, persistent, constant way, was very effective in getting done what needed to be done. He had truth, honesty, persistence, and a great deal of heart." Prior to joining HRSA, Kruzich worked with the New York-based AIDS Theater Project and the New York AIDS Consortium.