Robert Hershman

Robert Hershman, a documentary producer at CBS News, died March 12 of AIDS in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 41.

Film producer Gary Barton, his companion, said Hershman had lived in Manhattan until recently.

Hershman worked for the news shows “West 57th,” “48 Hours,” “CBS Reports” and “The MacNeil-Lehrer Report,” where he got his start in broadcasting in 1976.

He also helped establish the Museum of Television & Broadcasting and served as its first vice president.

He was honored with a Peabody for his work and was twice nominated for Emmys. In addition to his broadcast work, Hershman produced the HBO movie, “Judgement,” starring Keith Carradine, Blythe Danner and David Strathairn.

Hershman is credited with helping change hospital policies for AIDS patients when he filed a lawsuit on behalf of his former companion, Ronald James.

The lawsuit prompted New York University Medical Center and other hospitals to alter policies that excluded AIDS patients from sharing semiprivate rooms with other patients.

In addition to Barton, who lives in Santa Monica, Hershman is survived by his parents, a sister and two brothers.

Donations to AIDS Service Center, 126 West Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena, Calif. 91005-2508

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