Early Gay Clinic volunteer Jonathan D. Feldesman, the son of the late Jackson and Gladys Feldesman, died suddenly on April 24, of a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 62.
Jonathan, or “Jonny” as his friends knew him, was born in Washington D.C. on March 7, 1947, and grew up in Montgomery County. He graduated from Sandy Springs Friends School and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, from which he received a degree in American studies. He was also employed in the production of Sesame Street, the TV show.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, he worked on the political campaigns of New York Mayor John Lindsay and New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug. He remained politically supportive of progressive candidates throughout his life and was delighted at the election of President Barak Obama.
Jonny moved to Baltimore in the 1970’s and soon became a volunteer for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center’s STD clinic, then known as the Gay Clinic and now called Chase Brexton Health Services. He was one of a group of politically motivated volunteers that viewed community work with up-front gay service organizations as part of the gay liberation movement. Gay Clinic co- founder Jim Becker said, “Jonny was tireless in his dedication to the Clinic and its efforts to combat STDs and Hepatitis B before AIDs struck the community.”
Jonny was especially adept at doing cross puzzles. He also loved to watch quiz shows, especially Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
Jonny is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Bonnie Lefkowitz and William Culhane of North Beach, friends, Carlton Nelson and Patricia Harcarik, and his friend and companion for over thirty years, Winston Davids.