Marvin Shulman (1932 – 2014)

It is with a heavy heart we announce the recent passing of compassionate and relentless AIDS activist, Marvin Shulman, who died on January 15, 2014.

Marvin initially joined the AIDS movement through the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) / New York. As an active member of ACT UP’s affinity group, known as Wave 3, Marvin has been on the forefront of social activism since his voluntary arrest in the Wall Street II action on March 28, 1988.

Marvin eventually progressed to a treasurer role as part of ACT UP/NY’s leadership, while simultaneously, managing finances of Broadway legends, such as Michael Bennett, creator of A Chorus Line. His commitment to social activism and the love of art often intersected in his every day work. According to the Treatment Action Group’s Founding Director, Peter Staley, “Marvin was one of the primary organizers of both of ACT UP’s art auctions, which helped the group raise over $1 million during its peak year.”

Marvin touched the hearts and the lives of many. He will be deeply missed.

“Marvin exemplified the joy of activism. His kindness, generosity, passion, and indefatigable activism will be missed, as will his sense of humor, play, and joy in life.”
–Mark Harrington, TAG’s Executive Director

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