Pioneering Dallas LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist Reed Hunsdorfer dies in E. Texas wreck

Reed Hunsdorfer

Reed Hunsdorfer, 62, an early Resource Center Dallas employee, died in a car wreck in East Texas on Saturday.

KTRE, the ABC affiliate in Lufkin-Nacogdoches, reports that Hunsdorfer was on Highway 79 southwest of Henderson when his vehicle was struck head-on. He died at the scene. His partner, Gary Simmons, was injured, and so was the other motorist. Hunsdorfer moved to East Texas about seven years ago.

“Reed was a giant of man with an outsized heart of gold,” said William Waybourn, a founder of Resource Center Dallas, then known as the Foundation for Human Understanding which did business as the AIDS Resource Center. “His sacrifices were many, and his contributions incalculable. Many Dallas organizations were sustained during their critical infancy by Reed’s persistence, time and energy. His no-BS, ‘let’s-get-it-done’ attitude made things happen in the trenches during some of the darkest days. His endeavors helped pay for real services, medicine, food on the table or roofs over their heads. He was a champion for the cause and deserves much recognition.”

Among other things, Hunsdorfer was instrumental in creating Razzle Dazzle Dallas. In addition to his partner, he’s survived by his brother, Lloyd; and sister, Carol Royce.

—  David Taffet