Lear, Walter J. (1923-2010). Archive of manuscript, typescript, reproduced and printed materials dealing with his health activism and researches on the U.S. health left. Circa 300 pages. 1980s-1990s. Very good.
Archive of materials created by Walter J. Lear, pioneering LBGT physician and activist for health care reform and LGBT rights. “Walter J. Lear earned a medical degree from Long Island College of Medicine and a master’s in hospital administration from Columbia University in 1948. After several years at the U.S. Public Health Service, Lear became Philadelphia’s deputy city health commissioner in 1964. In 1971, he was appointed state regional health commissioner, and he later served as executive director of Philadelphia General Hospital. Lear came out as gay in 1975 and may have been the first openly gay public officer in Philadelphia . . .
“Lear helped found and lead many groups, including: the Medical Committee for Human Rights; the Caucus of Gay and Lesbian Public Health Workers of the American Public Health Association (APHA); the Maternity Care Coalition of Greater Philadelphia; the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Philadelphia (now the William Way Center); the Siegrist Circle (progressive medical historians); the National Gay Health Coalition; the Maternity Care Coalition of Greater Philadelphia; and the Philadelphia AIDS Task Force” (“U. S. Health Activism History Collection [Walter J. Lear U.S. Health Activism History Collection],” Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania [web]).
The archive contains materials mostly from the 1980s and 1990s, and includes material on AIDs, drafts of articles on progressive medical activism, records of interviews, etc.Book Id: 46155