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Community Pulse - September 30, 2011


Don de Lemos

Don R. de Lemos, 85, a native of Palo Alto, died Sept. 20, 2011.

He was born in Palo Alto in 1926. A graduate of Stanford University, he practiced law briefly then turned to office management for a New York City consulting firm and a San Jose law firm before working 20 years for ManPower Inc. San Jose as a controller.

He volunteered as a tax aide at Avenidas and served on the board of directors of the Latham Foundation of Oakland.

He was preceded in death by his son Mark. He is survived by his wife, Virginia de Lemos; daughter Suzanne; and two grandchildren

A memorial service will be held at Alta Mesa Cemetery Monday, Oct. 17, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Latham Foundation of Oakland or Pathways Hospice of Sunnyvale.

Donald Freiberg

Donald Freiberg, 56, a resident of Mountain View, died Sept. 4 in Santa Clara of cancer.

Born Oct. 10, 1954, in Oakland, he grew up in Palo Alto, graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1972, received a BA Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1976 and obtained his law degree from UC Davis in 1986.

During 24 years of practice as a successful immigration lawyer, he served on the Immigration and Naturalization Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California and was chair of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He was an instructor of immigration law at the Paralegal Program of Santa Clara University. He also served on the California Service Center/AILA Liaison Committee.

Donald was a devoted father and loving husband, loved ones recalled. He enjoyed theatre, music, reading and traveling. In his youth he performed in many theater productions, including at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre.

He is survived by his wife Laura; daughters Jeanette and Kate; son Brandon; father Kenneth; sisters Jo Ann and Ellen; and brothers Andrew and Paul. A celebration of life memorial will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre (

Alice Richards

Alice Richards, 96, a long-time resident of the Menlo Park-Atherton area, died June. 20, 2011.

Born Alice Maxine Schoot Jan. 2, 1915, in Denver, Colo., she grew up in Santa Barbara and was a resident of the Menlo-Atherton area since 1951.

She received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in psychology in 1949 and her master's degree in anthropology from Stanford University in 1965. She taught cultural anthropology at the College of San Mateo from 1965 to 1971 and at Little House as an Emeritus Teacher from 1975 to 1978.

She participated in anti-war movements beginning in the early 1950s, first against the Korean War and later in the 1960s against the Vietnam War. She continued to oppose the wars in Central America, Iraq and Afghanistan until her death. She was a lifelong member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and was also a member of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Women for Peace, the ACLU, the Sierra Club, and several other organizations. She attended the first UN Conference on Women held in Mexico City as a delegate of an NGO in 1975

Together with her husband, Harvey W. Richards, she traveled to the Soviet Union, central Asia, Mongolia, Cuba, and Africa. During the 1960s and 70s, she helped him produce documentary films about the peace movement, the civil rights movement, the environment and conditions of women and children

She is survived by her sons, Jonathan Meigs of San Mateo, and David Meigs of Soquel; and by her two stepsons, Steffen Richards of Berkeley, and Paul Richards of Oakland.

The memorial will be held on Saturday Oct 1, 2011, from 2-4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto.


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