From The Managing Editor: May 6, 1991

After being admitted to a New York City hospital this past February, TIME's Michael P. Harris told a visitor he hoped to spend his summer vacation in Rome. He soon became too ill even to return home, and last week he died. The cause of death was complications resulting from AIDS. That is a chilling sentence, one that is found in more and more obituaries these days. We at TIME, sadly, are familiar with the grief and sense of loss it signals.

For eight years, Michael was the reporter-researcher of the magazine's Religion section and, on occasion, its writer as well....

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