Alexander was born on May 31, 1913, in Amarillo, Texas. He passed away on April 26, 2009, in Orange County, Calif.
Alex had unusually varied academic and professional careers, which included: a doctorate in mathematics from Princeton; advanced studies with Albert Einstein; professorships at several distinguished universities, including the University of Texas, UCLA and UCI; various United States government positions, including assignments for the military during World War II, charter membership in the RAND Corporation, for which he directed research for the U.S. Air Force and Atomic Energy Commission. He served as president of two scientific societies, on the editorial boards of three journals, and participated in a half dozen international conferences in Europe.
His private-sector activities included formation of the General Analysis Corporation. He was Assistant Commissioner of the Education Commission, which later became the United States Dept. of Education. He published over 40 research articles in professional journals and four books, one of which is an advanced mathematics textbook, which has been in use worldwide.
He was preceded in death by his four siblings and Harriet, his wife of over 60 years.
He is survived by their children Margaret, Carolyn and Alex, along with granddaughter Lisa, her daughter Sara, grandson Warren, his wife Cindy and their daughter Zoe and son Zac, and by Marian, the wife with whom he happily shared the last 11 years of his life, and who has become a blessing to his entire family.
Beyond his considerable personal and professional accomplishments, he is remembered by his family simply as “Pop” and “Papa,” a man who defined his life with grace, humility, loyalty, generosity, integrity, truth, and love, and by a deep and enduring respect for and devotion to humanity.