The White House announced that Patricia Stubbs Fleming ’57 had been appointed White House director of AIDS policy.  A former assistant to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ms. Fleming told the President and AIDS workers at the White House, “For the first 12 years of the AIDS epidemic, I stood on the outside of the Administration looking in, shouting to be heard and banging on the doors of a bureaucracy that too often turned a deaf ear….  Today, I am proud to stand here beside you, inside the door.”

One of the AIDS activists at the ceremony, Delna Fraser-Howze, executive director of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, said of the appointment, “It is significant that an African-American woman has been put in this job because African-American issues have been neglected in the past in this epidemic.”