Lasting Memories

Albert P Dadian
Oct. 6, 1912-March 3, 2013
Palo Alto, California

Albert P. Dadian, a resident of Palo Alto for more than 58 years and longtime Stanford University employee, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Albert just celebrated his 100th birthday with his family on Oct. 6, 2012, with a full day of activities, reflection and memories of one century of history.

Albert was the fourth of five children born in Fresno, Calif., in 1912 to Peter and Annie Dadian on a small 13-acre farm. After spending many years raising horses along with many other farm animals, along with growing fruits and vegetables and selling them at the Crystal Palace in San Francisco, the family moved to the City. Albert attended Lowell High School where his love for baseball found him playing third base for the high school team.

After graduating high school in 1930 his love for photography blossomed into a lifetime infatuation observing the world through his many lenses, cameras and formats. Albert's passion led him to joining the Palo Alto Camera Club in 1935 and was awarded numerous times in several photo categories over the course of six decades with special recognition to his work taking portraits. His method working with his subjects focused on exposing the personality creating uniqueness with each snap of the camera. His photography brought him hundreds of characters and friendships ranging from the early morning garbage man to opera singers to the famous Linus Pauling.

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. Returning from the war he continued with his work in book bindery and offset printing in San Francisco located at Third and Bryant streets. This led to a second passion of repairing hundreds of old books by re-binding them with new leather and sown back together. His delight and affection for film and the movies continued from when he was a little boy and throughout his life, attending Saturday afternoon matinees throughout the City for 10 cents. Albert always had an opinion about a movie. Seal stadium was another venue you could find Albert, watching DiMaggio and all the other baseball greats from the '40s and '50s.

He moved from San Francisco to Palo Alto after marrying Netha Paris in May 1952 where he remained until May 2009. His wife Netha of 42 years passed away in August 1994.

Albert was also very active in sports, both playing and attending events throughout the Bay Area. He played golf and tennis weekly with his friends until he was 90 years old and was a season ticket holder for 30 years attending Stanford football and basketball games with his wife Netha. If he wasn't attending a game he was listening to his beloved San Francisco Giants on the radio while working in his garden.

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 up until he was 91 years old, at which time he retired for good. His time spent with the students, professors and the staff always demonstrated great joy and energy to his day.

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

Albert is survived by his son David, daughter-in-law Bessie, along with 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.

Memorial Services to held in Palo Alto with a date to be announced.

From Leonard Brzezinski
March 20, 2013

When I first joined the Palo Alto Camera Club, I was impressed by Al's portrait work, which often won awards in competition. Being a beginner, and having an interest in portraiture myself, I was soon discussing cameras and lighting details with Al. He invited me over to his home to take a look at his "studio" and see how it was done. Al was able to make an amazing portrait with a minimum of equipment. He posed for me and I took this shot. I had always meant to bring him a copy I printed for him, to see what he thought of it, but never seemed to find the time to stop by. Thanks Al! You'll be missed!

From Leonard Brzezinski
March 20, 2013

Al, as I remember him.

From Laurie Naiman
March 19, 2013

When I joined the Palo Alto Camera Club around 1991 Albert Dadian was one of the most friendly, welcoming, wise and talented member-photographers among the 20-30 there. He remained so over the years, and his beautiful portraits were a towering inspiration for all of us. He was very generous in sharing his knowledge and techniques, either at club meetings or in his lovely Palo Alto home. Although our club has grown to over 100 members perhaps only a few of us older members will remember him. But we are doing our best through our own work to share Al's legacy with others. I'll never forget you! And our deepest condolences to Al's family, with thanks for keeping him on this earth as long as they have. Please let me know when the memorial is being held so I can share this with members of the Palo Alto Camera Club and others who knew Al. (I have many photos of Al that I'd be happy to share, including a portrait he made of our daughter in his home.)