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John Folby

Died: Thu., Jul. 11, 2019


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John Folby succumbed to cancer on July 11, 2019. He died peacefully at the Hospice of Central PA residence.

John was born in 1947 and raised in Pittsburgh by his parents Sam and Mary Keenan Folby. He graduated from St. Basil’s HS and attended Point Park College. His first job was with Kaufmann’s Department Store before relocating to Harrisburg in 1975 where he subsequently joined the Dept. of Public Welfare where he served as the Director of the Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program, Pennsylvania’s AIDS drug assistance program, for over 15 years. Under John’s leadership, thousands of Pennsylvanians with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS gained access to critical life-extending and life-sustaining medications. His work with the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities earned him numerous awards and a statewide and national reputation as a dedicated and compassionate advocate.

John is survived by his partner of 50 years, Dalton David Secor; his brother Sam (Amy); and sisters Mary Frances (Joel) Waite, Kathy (Bruce) Goerss, and Patricia Folby. The family will privately memorialize John at a later date. In place of flowers, please make contributions to Hospice of Central PA.

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Sandi Whitaker
   Posted Sun July 14, 2019
Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of John. He was a special man and will be missed by many.

Sherry Knowlton
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. John was one of those rare people whose impact on the world rippled like a stone hitting a still pond. He brightened the lives of those he knew and loved, but, through his life's work, he made life better and longer for countless people and their loved ones whom he never got to know. He'll be missed.

Bill Ilgenfritz
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
My sincere condolences to Dave and all of John's family. I appreciated working with him over many years. He was a nice person and was in a very important role with the State. Rest in Peace, John.

Mike Jacobs
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
Dave, very sorry to hear of your loss. John was a good person, and very dedicated to SPBP. You have my sincere sympathy.

Dwayne Haught
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
It's hard to imagine a world without John in it. He was my friend and I loved him very much. I'm feeling this overwhelming sadness for loosing him combined with a happiness and joy for having known him and been a part of his life. To Dalton, his brother and sisters know that you are in my thoughts. Dearest John, "Goodnight sweet prince and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

David Poole
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
John was one of a cadre of ADAP directors during a time that these programs provided hope, life and comfort. I will remember fondly my last visit with John in Harrisburg as he provided me the “real picture” of the current healthcare landscape for persons living with HIV. I couldn’t agree more with Dwayne Haught’s sentiments. We love you and will miss you John!

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