Belinda Mason, the only AIDS-infected member of the...

Deaths elsewhere

September 10, 1991

Belinda Mason, the only AIDS-infected member of the National Commission on AIDS and an outspoken critic of President Bush's AIDS research policy, died yesterday in Nashville, Tenn., of AIDS-related pneumonia. She was 33. Ms. Mason became infected with the AIDS virus in 1987 while receiving a blood transfusion during the birth of her second child. She was often critical of Mr. Bush's stance on AIDS, contending the administration treated the AIDS crisis as a moral issue instead of as a public-health issue. "It seems they would think that a condom and a pamphlet on how to use it would be a good investment, compared to lifetime health care," she said in a June interview. During another interview this summer, she said Mr. Bush chose her for the commission because "I was perfect. I was Southern, I was white, I was articulate and I got AIDS in a nice way."

John H. Lawrence, who discovered the dangers of nuclear radiation, then developed it into a treatment for cancer and other diseases, died Saturday in Berkeley, Calif., at age 87. Working with Dr. Paul Aebersold, he discovered that neutrons destroyed tissue and that their destructive effect was five times greater than that of X-rays. Research conducted under his supervision became the basis for routine radiation treatment of disease.

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