Beloved Southern Tier Doctor Dies

03.07.13 | Sarah Harnisch

A pioneering AIDS physician is being remembered in the Southern Tier. When aids first surfaced in the public eye, many retreated from the disease in fear. Hospitals and doctors didn't want to be known as care providers, fearing it would scare other patients away. Even funeral homes were unwilling to accept the bodies of those that the illness claimed. But Barbara Chaffee wasn't afraid. The Pennsylvania native became one of the first physicians in the Southern Tier, in Binghamton, to treat people with the virus, and she kept many of them healthy for decades. Dr. Chafee retired three years ago, and passed away Tuesday, dying of cancer at the age of 63. Her funeral service is Saturday, at 11am at Trinity Memorial Episcopal church.