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  Boston’s first liaison to gays died in obscurity
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  May 06, 2012 12:36am
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AuthorMartine Powers
News DateSunday, May 6, 2012 06:35:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRobin MacCormack had a gift for blending in.

With a neat dark haircut, a winning smile, and the cachet of his Irish-Catholic surname, City Hall’s first liaison to the gay community was an ally to politicians, a buddy to police officers, and a trusted resource to the city’s gays and lesbians.

But just a few years after he was appointed by Mayor Kevin H. White in 1979, MacCormack melted out of public view. And on April 6, after years without contact with family or friends, he was discovered dead by police in his Dorchester apartment with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 63.

So far, MacCormack’s remains have gone unclaimed. Two people who knew him for decades - attorney Joe Donnellan and retired Boston Police Sergeant Herb White - are working to get him the memorial they say he deserves.
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