Chuck J. Novak, 47, an original social worker and former client services coordinator for the Sacramento AIDS Foundation, died of an AIDS-related illness Saturday at his Sacramento home.
Mr. Novak became active with the AIDS Foundation in 1984, a year after it was founded, as a volunteer in its Hand-to-Hand program, which provides support to patients. After working as a social worker for the foundation, he was named client services coordinator in 1986 and helped establish resources and referral services for AIDS patients.
The licensed social worker left the foundation in 1989 and then served as an associate director of the Visiting Nurse Association in Sacramento. He later joined Healthtek, a Nevada City company that manufactures pharmaceutical products, as vice president of finance and administration but was forced to stop working about a year ago due to illness.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Mr. Novak graduated from Fresno State College and earned a master's degree in social work from DePaul University in Chicago.
He first worked for the Fresno County Social Welfare Department and then dedicated about 10 years to organizations serving mentally disabled people in Illinois.
Mr. Novak worked from the late 1960s to the early 1980s at the regional center for the mentally disabled in Stockton. During this time, he became a fellow to the American Association for Mental Deficiency.
Mr. Novak is survived by his companion, Carl McCollum of Sacramento; children, Aaron of Stockton, and Ty and Amber, both of Lodi; parents, Charles and Estelle Novak of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and a brother, Gene of Yoncalla, Ore.
A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the McKinley Park Rose Garden, on H Street near the corner of 33rd Street.
The family requests that any remembrances be made to the Sacramento AIDS Foundation Hand-To-Hand Project, 1900 K St., Sacramento, 95814.
- The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA) Tuesday, 28 July 1992