|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1931|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 2006|
Jack Richard Alexander passed away of natural causes at his home on the westside of Evansville on December 15, 2006.
Jack was born to Frances (Ogden) Alexander and John Wesley Allen Alexander at Deaconess Hospital on December 29, 1931.
He attended Stanley Hall Grade School and Bosse High School, graduating in 1950. For at least the past thirty years, Jack was active in promoting Bosse High School class reunion planning meetings and social events.
His career of over forty years in communications permitted him to focus on his love of photography, the arts, media and technology. After high school, Jack went to work for the Evansville Sunday Courier & Press as staff reporter, fine arts editor, and then chief photographer. In the late 1950s, he was a camera department and advertising manager at Smith & Butterfield in downtown Evansville. In the 1960s he worked as a news writer and cinematographer for WFIE television, a freelance commercial photographer, and a producer of audio-visual materials and television commercials for Merchandising Incorporated (associated with WTVW television) and as a co-owner of Visual Arts, Inc.
In the 1970s, he was the official campaign photographer and directed television production for both campaigns of former Evansville mayor, the late Russell Lloyd. During that time, Jack also wrote and produced material for the Deaconess Hospital audio visual department and internal television network, including a training script and video for the original Medical Information Processing Systems. The system vendor then adopted his video for national training. He continued at Deaconess Hospital as Coordinator for Public Relations in 1976 and then as Director of Media Services with responsibility for media relations, publications, and all audio-visual services for the hospital until his early retirement in 1993. His creative contributions to the annual fund raising "Party of the Year" were always delightful. Under his direction, Deaconess Hospital's 1989 Annual Report was the first hospital annual report in the nation to be produced on videotape and was selected from among 650 annual reports to receive the top national award, a Gold Touchstone presented by the American Society for Hospital Marketing & Public Relations of the American Hospital Association.
In his volunteer work, Jack was always energetic and creative. He was president of the Evansville Fine Arts Camera Club from 1969 to 1970. He was a member of the founding committee and original publicity director for the Evansville Arts & Education Council (now Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana), serving as council president (1973-74), and later as the council's public relations representative. In the mid-late 1970s, he was a board member of the Conrad Baker Foundation, a board member and publicity chairman for the Vanderburgh County Chapter of the American Heart Association, and a founding committee member and chairman of Media Credentials and Hospitality for Thunder on the Ohio. In the early 1980s, Jack was a member of the board, the executive committee, and Crowd Control Director for Thunder on the Ohio and was on the board of the Evansville Freedom Festival for two years, chairing the Freedom Festival Parade in 1995 and 1996. From 1987 to 1993 and again in 1997, he was chairman for the Children's Art Fair at Mesker Zoo, tireless in his conviction that art is both important and enjoyable for everybody. The event broke the zoo's all-time single day attendance record three times. Jack served the Friends of Mesker Park Zoo for over ten years as a board member, president and secretary-treasurer. He was publicity committee chairman on the board of the Evansville Parks Foundation Inc., in 1993-94.
In retirement, Jack continued to pursue his many hobbies, which included photography, collecting and enjoying movies and jazz music and following Indiana University basketball. Jack took pleasure in keeping up with technology and was known as Niteowl to his fellow basketball enthusiasts on the online Hoosier Haven basketball forum. Jack helped organize in-person meetings of the online basketball fans to attend midnight madness games and tailgate gatherings. He will be remembered for his likeability, his generous nature, his passion for music, his warm hearted practical jokes and his keen sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Paul Alexander.
He is survived by his stepdaughter, Kelly S. Kuglitsch and her husband, Paul, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jack regarded Kelly as his own daughter from the time of her early childhood and was very proud to have become a grandfather, in 2005, to her daughter, Emma. Also surviving are a nephew, John Daugherty, and his wife, Melissa, together with two grand-nephews, Kaleb and Ethan, of Owensboro, Ky., as well as a cousin, Karen (Ogden) O'Brien of Dallas Texas. The list of Jack's dear friends is long, but includes Kelly's mother, Carole Montgomery, Carmen Riney, Jim and Carol Schaeffer, Joe and Gayle Rood, and a family of five pet cats.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a brief service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2006, at Alexander West Chapel at 2100 W. Illinois St. Interment will be private at Alexander Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jack to the Friends of Mesker Park Zoo Fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation or to PAAWS, Inc. Animal Shelter in Newburgh. Condolences may be made online at www.mem.com. Arrangements by Alexander West Chapel, 2100 West Illinois Street, Evansville, IN.
Published in the Courier Press on 12/20/2006.
Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: Roger Gleitz
Record added: Dec 20, 2006
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