Publication Date: Wednesday Aug 30, 1995


Joseph M. Alvidres

Joseph M. Alvidres, 47, a 31-year-resident of Palo Alto and Mountain View, died Aug. 26 after a two-year struggle with complications from AIDS. A native of El Paso, Texas, he moved to the Bay Area in his teens and attended Cubberley High School and Foothill College until he was drafted by the Army. After serving in Panama, he returned to Palo Alto and completed the cosmetology program at College of San Mateo. His greatest love was fine arts, and he achieved his childhood dream of becoming an artist. He was a member of the original Valley Gallery of Portola Valley, and his art has been shown in many local exhibitions over the last decade. He is survived by his mother and three sisters of El Paso, and by his longtime companion David Thomas of Palo Alto. No services were held. Contributions may be sent to Kara, 457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Alfred Thomas Cardoza

Alfred Thomas Cardoza, 93, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Aug. 18. He attended Palo Alto High School, Stanford University and Pacific College. He was one of 13 children, and his parents built the third house in Palo Alto. He was the postmaster of the south Palo Alto post office before serving in the Navy as a specialist first class. He then returned to the Palo Alto Post Office, where he worked for 40 years. He was a charter member of the Camellia Society of Santa Clara. He was also a member of the Palo Alto Roller Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He is survived by a sister, Effie Thompson of Millbrae, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Masonic Lodge, 461 Florence St., Palo Alto.

Robert T. Davis

Robert T. Davis, 74, a resident of Los Altos Hills, died Aug. 17 of pneumonia. A graduate of Harvard University, he was a marketing professor at Stanford Business School for more than 30 years, as well as vice president of Nike Inc. and Varian Associates Inc. He had been a board member of more than 30 firms. Before joining the Stanford faculty, he taught at St. Lawrence University, Dartmouth College and Harvard. He co-authored seven textbooks. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Davis of Los Altos Hills; three sons, Stephen Davis of Novato, Peter Davis of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., and John Davis of Portland, Ore.; a brother, Donald Davis of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Jean Davis of Orlando, Fla., and Dorothy Davis of Amherst, Mass.; and six grandchildren. Services will be private. Contributions may be sent to the Anne Kristen Davis Scholarship Fund, honoring his late granddaughter, Office of Development, Encina Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-6076.

Stanley Maxwell Edelman

Stanley Maxwell Edelman, 79, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Aug. 19. A resident of Palo Alto since 1963, he was a retired mathematician, physicist and chemist. His career was strongly associated with the semiconductor industry, although he also taught in the local school systems. He is survived by a sister, Alma Coxe of Bradenton, Fla.

William S. Johnson

William S. Johnson, 82, longtime resident of Portola Valley, died Aug. 19 at home of circulatory and heart problems. He was a leading figure in organic chemistry and former head of the Stanford chemistry department. His contributions to society earned him the National Medal of Science and virtually every major chemistry award and honor. He developed highly efficient ways to synthesize a broad variety of biologically important compounds, including steroids, vitamins and hormones. Examples of the compounds he made were corticoid steroids used to treat inflammation in wounds and adrenocortical hormones used to treat arthritis. In his 53-year career, he worked with more than 100 doctoral and 200 postdoctoral students and published more than 250 scientific papers. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Johnson of Portola Valley. No services will be held.

Edyth Allen Manning

Edyth Allen Manning, 89, a Palo Alto native, died Aug. 23 after a long illness. Born in 1906, she was the daughter of W.B. Allen, the proprietor of Palo Alto Hardware, and Winifred Allen. She attended Lytton School, Palo Alto High School, Mills College and Stanford University. She was active in many community affairs. She was the first president of the Palo Alto YWCA, a charter member of the Palo Alto Junior Auxiliary of the Stanford Convalescent Home, and later active in the Senior Auxiliary. She received the Quota Club award of Woman of the Year in 1952. She was also active in Pi Beta Phi, where she served as province president for many years. Later, she accompanied her husband in Shrine activities while he was captain of the patrol and potentate of Islam Temple. She retired with her husband to Pacific Grove in the 1960s returning to Palo Alto in 1980 after his death. She is survived by two daughters, Joan Paulin of Palo Alto and Meredy Keller of Portland, Ore.; six grandsons; and 11 great-grandchildren. A private service has been held. Contributions may be sent to Senior Auxiliary of Children's Hospital at Stanford.

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