Known nationwide for his work, succumbs to cancer


John Folby peacefully succumbed to cancer July 11. He was known nationwide for his work with HIV and the LGBT community,

In the early days of the AIDS crisis, Folby lead the effort in Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Health and Human Services whereby thousands of Pennsylvanians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS were able to access life-extending and life-sustaining medications. His work with the HIV and LGBT issues brought him many awards and a statewide and national reputation as a dedicated and compassionate advocate.

Locally, Folby worked with The Black and White Party to raise funds for HIV, a volunteer effort that raised nearly $100,000 during the years it operated in conjunction with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The Central Voice was a sponsor the event.

Folby is survived by his partner of 50 years, Dalton David Secor; a brother, Sam (Amy), and sisters, Mary Frances (Joel) Waite, Kathy (Bruce) Goerss and Patricia Folby.

The family will privately memorialize Folby at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania.