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ALFANDRE ROBERT NELSON ALFANDRE On June 12, 2014, Robert Nelson Alfandre passed away peacefully in his home in Washington, DC after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born in June 9, 1927 in New York, NY, son of Joseph and Annette Alfandre, and moved to the Nation's Capital at the age of eight. He is survived by his beloved wife, Priscilla B. Alfandre; daughters, Dominique Palmer (Thomas Palmer) and Nicole Alfandre Halbreiner; grandchildren, Luned Palmer, Rosamund Palmer (Miles Portek), Carl Halbreiner and Claudia Halbreiner; his brother, Jack Alfandre and his wife, Laurie; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He is also survived by his dedicated companion and friend, Sidney Martin and many other devoted friends. He was predeceased by his beloved partner, Carroll J. Sledz. Robert was a prominent Builder in the metropolitan Washington area, constructing thousands of single family homes and apartments over the years in Montgomery County, MD and Fairfax County, VA. He was a force in the DC cultural community and a dedicated philanthropist, serving over the years on the boards of the Woodrow Wilson House and Whitman-Walker Clinic. He was a leader in the fight against AIDS, raising millions of dollars for AIDS research, establishing residences (the Carroll Sledz House) and support systems (the pharmacy in the Whitman-Walker Clinic) for its victims. He was a supporter of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, active member of the French Heritage Society, the Washington Club, the Cosmos Club, and he was a Knight in the American Order of St. John. Robert was a resident of Key West, FL and maintained residences in Washington, DC, Fire Island, NY and Paris, France. He was an active supporter of the Arts, AIDS victim support and LGTB causes in all places. Visiting hours will be held at Joseph Gawler's Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Avenue, NW on Friday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at All Souls Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW, with a reception to follow at his home at 2406 Kalorama Road, NW. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Pines Care Center, PO Box 5333, Fire Island Pines, NY 11782 or Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042.
Published in The Washington Post from June 15 to June 19, 2014