Community Pioneer Robert Alfandre Dies at Age 87

Philanthropist and developer Robert Alfandre died June 12, 2014 at his home in Washington, DC after a long struggle with cancer. Alfandre played a major role in helping the Whitman-Walker Clinic meet the challenges of the AIDS in the 1980s through his generosity and tireless efforts to help the Clinic raise the funds necessary to provide the services needed for combating the disease, among other things funding the Carroll Sledz house, a residence for those terminally ill with the disease. The pharmacy at Whitman Walker Clinic is named in his honor. He is survived by his wife Patricia, two daughters, four grandchildren, his brother and his companion Sidney Martin. His partner Carroll Sledz died of AIDS in the 1980s. To read more about Alfandre, view our exhibit on Community Pioneers. The Washington Blade has published an obituary of Alfandre.

Bob Alfandre. Photo c. Jim Marks, 2012.
Bob Alfandre at his home in DC. Photo, Jim Marks, 2012.