Stanley Valadez †

StanleyValadezPicStanley Valadez’s parents emigrated from Guanajato, Mexico, to Texas to work in the fields, then traveled to Johnston, PA, where his father obtained work in a steel mill. Mr. Valadez was born in Johnstown, Pa, where, he, too, worked in a steel mill until entering the U.S. Army during World War II. During the war, Mr. Valadez served in the European Theatre Tank Battalion involved in the Allied Forces Invasion of Normandy and received the Purple Heart for his service and wounds that he received in Germany. After his discharge from military service, Mr. Valadez attended the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University Law School where he received his law degree. On September 28, 1959, he was admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he was in private practice in Pittsburgh until he moved to Washington, DC, to work for the U.S. Civil Service Commission (which subsequently became the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board). After leaving federal service, Mr. Valadez returned to private practice in the law firm of Valadez & Hanten in Washington, DC, until his death on March 10, 1994. During his years in private practice, Mr. Valadez was involved in civil rights issues, which included doing pro bono work for the UFW, working directly with Cesar Chavez and other organizers in Pittsburgh, PA, and throughout Pennsylvania; represented individuals arrested in secondary boycotts, and represented the National Organization For Women in one of the first suits challenging gender specific want ads. Mr. Valadez was a founding member of the DC Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic Federal Credit Union in Washington, DC. Mr. Valadez is survived by his wife, Leah, three daughters and four grandsons.