Frank Alvarez Jr.

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Frank Alvarez, Jr., 73, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2011. He is preceded in death by his father Frank Alvarez, Sr. and mother Mela Alvarado Alvarez. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Palos Alvarez, brother, Ralph and wife Vera, sister, Dolores, son Ralph and wife Sandra, daughters, Monica Dunaway and husband Derek, C. Nicole and Tracy Palos and grandchildren, Lauren, Carson, Allie and Austen as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Frank was a native Houstonian who graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1955. He joined the Army in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics from the University of Houston, College of Science and the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. He obtained his license to practice law in 1977. He was a member of the Texas Bar Association and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Frank became a member of The Mexican American Bar Association of Houston in 1977 and served as President in 1990 - 1991. During his administration as president, he created the mentorship program "Leadership 2000" at Hogg Middle School. He received the 1990 Willie Velasquez Excellence Award for outstanding service to the Hispanic community. Known for his tart tongue, sharp dress and colorful ties, Frank became a successful trial lawyer who loved to practice his craft. He will indeed be missed. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 6-9pm at the Chapel of Pat H. Foley with a Vigil/Rosary service at 7pm. Mass will be held at 1pm, Thursday, January 20, 2011 at St. Rose of Lima, 3600 Brinkman and Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery, 3506 North Main.


Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 18, 2011
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