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Gerry Huerth

Gerry Huerth is a 75 year old person who has creatively responded to being an outsider and in
that process has learned to be an effective advocate for people who face the challenges of
working with systems that may not be responsive to their hopes and needs. Fifty years ago he
was an early member of FREE, the first Gay and Lesbian college organization in this country.
He also worked as an RN in many healthcare systems. These nursing experiences include
psychiatric nursing, working with drug addicted mothers and infants in Harlem New York,
volunteering for The Farm Workers Union in California, being on the board of a very early
hospice in Maine, volunteering to do massage for people with AIDS, and collaborating to create
a personal care service for people with mental illness living in the community.
He also worked in a community college as an adjunct instructor teaching and empowering
students who faced challenges to academic learning such as racism, poverty, violence, …

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