Robert Westwood, a graduate of Waggener High School and a volunteer at House of Ruth, has been recognized by POZ Magazine, a national AIDS advocacy publication, as one of the 100 unsung heroes in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the nation.
According to a release from House of Ruth, Westwood is the first person from Kentucky to receive the honor in the four years since POZ Magazine began presenting it. The release said Westood has been “an advocate for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS for three decades, even before his diagnosis with HIV in 1998.
Before his retirement from the California State University system, Westwood was an administrator at San Francisco State University. In 2013, Westwood and his family gave $12,000 to launch a capital improvement effort to renovate House of Ruth’s transitional/emergency shelter for homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS. The facility, Glade House, is the oldest continuously operating facility of its kind in the U.S., the release said.