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Richard Augustine Alexander ’28

Published in June 2, 1993, issue

DICK ALFXANDER died June 15, 1992, in California. He was brought up in Baltimore and went to Gilman School. At Princeton, he was on the staff of the TIGER magazine, and was a member of Cloister Inn. Dick left college in his sophomore year to study art and painting. He was engaged in painting and the study of art in New York, and taught art at Gilman. He was introduced to his future wife, Anne, by her cousin Alec Shaw, a Princeton classmate.

After his marriage to Anne Musselman on Dec. 20, 1930, he joined the insurance brokerage firm of Alexander and Alexander, in Baltimore, founded by his father, William P, and his uncle Charles. Shortly afterwards, he opened a Los Angeles office of this firm, and he and Anne settled in Santa Monica, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Dick retired in 1966. Anne died July 2, 1992, less than three weeks after his death.

After retirement, Dick began again to paint and to write, spurred on by his grandchildren and a word processor. He wrote short stories that grew into an epic tale of the adventurer Pampsey, a creation of his fervid imagination, keen wit, and sense of the absurdities in life. This avocation continued to keep him busy and amused until his last days. Honesty, integrity, and fairness were the hallmarks ofhis life.

He is survived by his daughter Anne and his son Richard Jr. Princeton relatives include brothers William F. '29 (deceased) and Dorsey P. '37, brotherinlaw Roswell C. Dunn '27, and two cousins, both deceased, Holmes R. '28, and Charles B. '30. The Class's sympathy is with his children and their families.

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