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Community Pulse - March 22, 2013


Albert P. Dadian

Albert P. Dadian, a resident of Palo Alto for more than 58 years and longtime Stanford University employee, died on Sunday, March 3. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Oct. 6, 2012.

He was the fourth of five children born in Fresno, Calif., in 1912 to Peter and Annie Dadian on a small 13-acre farm. He attended Lowell High School where he played baseball.

He joined the Palo Alto Camera Club in 1935 and was awarded multiple times in several photo categories over the course of six decades.

World War II brought him and his camera to the South Pacific to specifically catalog the war for the Navy. He was eventually made a Marine Corpsman and assisted surgeons for most of his stay on the island Espiritu Santo. After returning from the war, he continued with his work in book bindery and offset printing in San Francisco, located at Third and Bryant Streets.

After marrying Netha Paris in May 1952, he moved from San Francisco to Palo Alto, where he remained until May 2009. His wife, Netha, of 42 years, died in August 1994.

Though he worked a majority of his life at Stanford University's offset printing facility, until his retirement in 1975, he continued working at Stanford part-time in the chemistry department until he was 91 years old, at which time he retired.

Throughout his life, he and his wife were active members of the Second Church of Christ Scientists in Palo Alto, including volunteer work as a church usher, watching over toddlers in Sunday daycare and working in the church garden.

He is survived by his son, David, daughter-in-law, Bessie, step-daughters, Barbara Paris and Nikki Paris of San Francisco; grandchildren, Shannon, Colette, Jeremy, Jill, Kendal, Chad and Eleni; nephews John, Robert and Larry; and nieces Marjine and Jessama. He is predeceased by his four brothers, Charles, Harry, Leo, John and sister, Rose.

Maxine Nathanson

Maxine Elston Nathanson of Menlo Park, Calif. died on March 13 at the age of 98.

Born in Kirksville, MO, she and her family moved to a farm near Pierre, SD during the Depression, before moving to Spokane, Washington. In 1947, she married Norman Jesse Nathanson, whom she met in San Francisco, where he was president of a bank. In 1960 he became the mayor of Cupertino, where they owned and operated a ranch for 28 years, growing cherries and apricots. In the mid 1970s, the land was sold to build the Homestead School and they moved to Menlo Park.

She enjoyed socializing with her friends, traveling and watching golf on television. She is predeceased by her father, Jake Andrews Elston; mother, Cassie Elizabeth (Eddy) of Kirksville, MO; her brother, Cecil Elston of Spokane, WA; her husband, Norman J. Nathanson of Menlo Park; her step-daughter Barbara (Nathanson) Connolly of La Jolla, Calif.; family members Frieda "Fritzie" Joest of Omaha, NE and Lois Schank of Central City, NE. She is survived by her grandson, William Norman Miller, his wife Nancy Bals and son Wade Jess Miller of Huntington, MA; friend and family member Patricia Schank and husband Larry Hamel of Menlo Park; and friend of 70 years Eleanor Tiffany-Miller of Mesa, AZ. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Olivia Dunham, for the care and attention she showed Maxine during her last years.