Peter B. Middendorf Gay activist

October 30, 1990

Graveside services for Peter Bowdoin Middendorf, a Baltimore native who established a foundation in San Francisco to fight for recognition and support of gay health issues, will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane and Garrison Forest Road.

Mr. Middendorf died of AIDS Friday at Davies Medical Center in San Francisco. He was 45.

Born in Baltimore in 1944, Mr. Middendorf was the son of J. William and Alice Carter Middendorf of Ruxton. He was educated at Calvert School in Baltimore and Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., before graduating from the University of Virginia in 1966.

After graduation, Mr. Middendorf entered the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant junior grade and served in the Caribbean and Vietnam, where he commanded a river patrol boat. He was decorated by both the Vietnamese government and the Navy and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received when his patrol boat was fired on by the Viet Cong.

After returning to the United States, Mr. Middendorf left the Navy and settled in Baltimore, where he became a director on the board of the charitable Middendorf Foundation.

In San Francisco, Mr. Middendorf helped to found the BAPHR Foundation, a non-profit organization established to fight AIDS and other health issues facing the gay and lesbian communities.

He is survived by his sister, A. Carter Middendorf of Baltimore; Lobelia Breland of San Francisco, who had become like a mother to him after his own mother died; and his longtime companion, David J. Lumadue of San Francisco.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the BAPHR Foundation, P.O. Box 15000, San Francisco, Calif. 94115, or to the Health Education Resources Organization in Baltimore.

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