Center Namesakes

Edith "Edie" Windsor (1929 – 2017)

An American LGBTQ* rights activist, Edie Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor, which overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.

It is a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States. The Obama administration and federal agencies extended rights, privileges and benefits to married same-sex couples because of the decision.

Rose Walton (1937-2022)

Rose Walton was an HIV/AIDS pioneer and visionary, her endeavors included the creation and implementation of Long Island’s first informational and referral hotline, a statewide college HIV/AIDS educational program, and development of the AIDS Education and Resource Center at SUNY Stony Brook. The Center’s HIV/AIDS services at are named in recognition of her leadership and vision.