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HIV Physician R.
Scott Hitt Dies at 49

HIV Physician R.
Scott Hitt Dies at 49

Pioneering AIDS physician R. Scott Hitt, a Los Angeles-based doctor who served as chairman of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Clinton administration, died November 8 in West Hollywood. He was 49.

Pioneering AIDS physician R. Scott Hitt, a Los Angeles-based doctor who served as chairman of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Clinton administration, died November 8 in West Hollywood. He was 49.

Hitt also cofounded Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality; founded the American Academy of HIV Medicine; and has served on the boards of numerous AIDS and LGBT organizations, including AIDS Project Los Angeles, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Equality California.

"Scott Hitt was a pioneer in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Working with President Clinton, Scott was responsible for creating policy that saved thousands of lives," author and activist David Mixner said in the release. "He fought discrimination and was a powerful force within the Democratic Party. We shall miss his voice."

Hitt was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer in 1999, after which he continued to share his passion for activism with young people. This summer he founded the R. Scott Hitt Foundation, which aids in developing and training young LGBT activists.

Hitt is survived by his longtime partner, Alex Koleszar, and his sisters Alana Hoffmann and Heather Martin. A private service and burial will take place in Phoenix. A memorial service will be held at All Saints' Parish in Beverly Hills, presided by Pastor Altagracia Perez; the date is to be announced. (The Advocate)

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