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Today is Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Noted Sex Researcher and GLBT Ally Alan P. Bell Dies at Age 70

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the death of Alan Bell, noted sex researcher, Indiana University professor, psychotherapist, and long-time ally of the GLBT community. Alan suffered a massive stroke two weeks ago and died Monday, May 13, at Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, Indiana.

Alan's professional career and his work as a noted author was lengendary. The friendship and support which he provided for countless individuals struggling with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity is an amazing tribute to his own capacity to learn and to grow. His history with the GLBT Student Support Service Office was unique.

He co-chaired the Educational Task Force on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns whose report in 1993 led to the opening of the Indiana University GLBT Office in November of 1994. He served on the Search Committee which hired the office coordinator. He was a regular source of referral for GLBT Office staff when students/staff/faculty sought professional expertise and he regularly referred many of his clients to our office for additional support and information. He was always on the 'cutting edge' and was one of the best resources for transgender issues in this part of the country.

Whenever I bumped into Alan around town, he would always speak with pride and encouragemment about the work that we were doing for individuals and the community at large. He was a mentor, in many ways, and an
outstanding example of openness and affirmation. We were fortunate to have him among us these past 70 years. His life was a gift to many of us.

We extend our sympathy to Alan's family. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Alan P. Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund, IU Foundation, P.O. Box 500, Bloomington, IN, 47402.

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