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PERSAD Center Remembers David McAdams

At PERSAD Center we are mourning the loss of friend and supporter David McAdams and send our heartfelt condolences to his husband and PERSAD board member Gene Welsh. David passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 2, 2016. David was the interior designer of PERSAD Center's facilities in Lawrenceville, which opened in March 2015. His sense of design, color and style helped create an amazing home for PERSAD Center and the people we serve. His interior design helped make a visible symbol of support and inclusion for the LGBTQ community.

PERSAD Center Mourns the Loss of Judith DiPerna

Judith DiPerna served as a therapist at PERSAD Center from 1995-2008 and was a strong advocate for the transgender community and people with HIV/AIDS. She was passionate about her work and remained a dedicated friend to PERSAD, attending all of our events and community activities. We extend our condolences to her family and friends. She will be deeply missed. Read the obituary here

Dr. Barbara K. Shore

Shore graduated with a BS in Social Work at Carengie Tech (now CMU), and an MS in the School of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1943. Later she earned her Ph.D. in Social Work and an MS in the School of Public Health in 1972, the same year PERSAD was founded. A long tenured professor in the School of Social Work at Pitt, she had a profound impact on the countless numbers of social workers she trained, and the community workers and civic leaders she worked with.

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