Lasting Memories

Stanley George Parry
Dec. 28, 1936-Aug. 19, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Stanley George Parry, a 44-year resident of Palo Alto, died at Stanford Hospital on August 19th.

The son of George S. and Elizabeth J. Parry, Stan was born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up in Piedmont, California. He graduated from Piedmont High School, San Francisco State, and UCLA Law School. He began his career in health planning in the San Joaquin Valley and San Jose before he became the administrator of the Northern California Cancer Program (now the Cancer Prevention Institute of California), a research consortium that includes Stanford University, UCSF, and other cancer centers.

Stan spent most of his life, however, devoted to his two special interests. The first was serving the developmentally disabled community. He was a co-founder 29 years ago of the Community Advisory Committee, a volunteer group of parents who were strong advocates for the education of special needs students. The CAC is still an important part of the Palo Alto school district.

Stan was a co-founder and long-time president of Housing Choices Coalition, a non-profit begun in 1997 to find affordable housing in the area for people with developmental disabilities. Housing Choices has secured hundreds of housing units in Santa Clara, Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties and provided additional independent living support for the disabled community in this area. He was also instrumental in the site selection and construction of Page Mill Court, a 23-unit assisted living apartment building for the disabled in Palo Alto.

Stan served on the oversight committee for the administration of the Palo Alto school bond act in the 1990s. He was a member of the board of Imagine Supported Living in Soquel and on the board of directors of Abilities United in Palo Alto.

Stan’s second passion was for architecture and photography. He and his wife, Melinda, traveled extensively in France and Italy to study and photograph medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. His book, "Great Gothic Cathedrals of France, A Visitor’s Guide," was published in 2001 by Penguin/Viking Studio, and to his great delight it was reissued by Oro Editions this summer in a larger format with new color photographs. His photographs, which can be seen at, have been used by other authors for their publications.

Stan was known to all his friends and those who worked with him for his keen intellect, integrity, and wonderful sense of humor. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Melinda, his sons, Jeffrey and Christopher, his brother and sister-in-law, David and Susan Parry of Bethesda, MD, and numerous nephews and nieces.

From Donald Allen
Sept. 23, 2017

Stan set my life compasses early on, in law school, and they have guided me ever since - now for 50 years. I shall remain always in his debt.

From Ruth Maitless
Sept. 21, 2017

I had the privilege of working with Stan on the CAC board as well as on the activities in the formation of Page Mill Court in Palo Alto. I remember the times we spent together as not only delightful but also memorable in relation to the results we were able to bring about. I will always remember Stan with great fondness. I am so sorry for his loss, not only because we never got our chance to have a "catch up" lunch together, but also because he will be so sorely missed by so many. His life made a great difference to so many. Thank you Stan. May you rest in peace and may your memory be a blessing to all those who knew and loved you.

From Jeffrey D Parry
Sept. 6, 2017

I am Stanley's oldest son. He was a fantastic father who raised me in Palo Alto along with my brother Christopher. He played with us at Bul Park, Rinconada pool and the bay lands duck pond. He coached our AYSO teams and attended every little league game. He helped develop and support my photography hobby. He helped me with childhood therapy after my parents divorced and took care of me on the weekdays. He put me through a university and he brought us to many A's games. He brought us camping in Yosemite as a child and instilled in us a good work ethic and to value the golden rule as well as some zen philosophy. I traveled with him to France to view the Gothic Cathedrals a few times as well. His vast knowledge of history and politics as well as health care issues was always a fascinating discussion. I will greatly miss him but I am very proud of him.