Karl Knapper

  • Wednesday April 20, 2016
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May 17, 1959 �" April 9, 2016

Friends, family, and colleagues of Karl Knapper are grieving the leading light after he passed away this month. Karl, who was 56, is survived by two brothers and a sister.

An inspirational and dedicated public health advocate, Karl was at the forefront of the HIV prevention movement throughout the epidemic, working at Shanti and Our Love before joining San Francisco AIDS Foundation to lead African-American programs Black Brothers Esteem and DREAAM.

Karl was known as someone whose service to his community never stopped at 5 p.m. He volunteered on several HIV and LGBT community organization boards and advisory committees, and always had time for people who needed advice or support.

Personally, his friends and colleagues will remember him as a well-read, loving man with a big comic book collection and an eclectic taste in music.