Robert N. Mehl AIDS activist


Services for Robert N. Mehl, a founder of the AIDS Response Network in Baltimore who also had been active in AIDS work in New York City, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Mehl, who was 47 and lived on George Street, died Wednesday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at the Joseph Richey Hospice.

In Baltimore, he had helped found Moveable Feast, which takes meals to the homes of AIDS patients. He also headed a Baltimore Health Department program called Positive Directions and lectured about AIDS in public schools, at medical schools and at Health Department meetings.

Before moving to Baltimore in 1987 because of its health-care facilities, he worked with the New York City Health Department and was executive director of the AIDS Medical Foundation. His illness had been diagnosed in New York.

The St. Louis native moved about 16 years ago to New York, where he was an assistant to the mayor and assistant borough president of Manhattan.

He is survived by his mother, Catherine Turner of Bedford, Ind., and his life companion, Robert Virgil of Baltimore.

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