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Robert H. Alexander ’50

Published in June 7, 2006, issue

Bob died Feb. 26, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio, where he lived with Frances, his wife of 52 years.

Bob came to Princeton from the John Burroughs School in St. Louis. He studied geology and belonged to Charter Club. He graduated in 1951, though he retained his class identity with us.

Following graduation, he served two years as an ensign in the Coast Guard, and then earned a master's in petroleum geology from the University of Texas in 1955. After nine years working in Texas, he moved to Columbus, where he was involved with drilling and producing oil and gas wells for 25 years. As Bob wrote, he "took the big step from management to ownership" in 1991 and formed Absolute Energy. In 1997 he turned operations over to a partner, though he still enjoyed going into the field to follow exploration progress. He remained president until his death.

Professionally, Bob served three governors on the Ohio Oil and Gas Board of Review.

When not in the field, he played golf and boated in Michigan, near a cottage that had been in the family for more than 70 years, and in Florida.

We extend our sympathy to Frances; his daughter, Lisa; sons Charles and Robert; five grandchildren; and the extended family.

The Class of 1950

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