|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1930|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 2010|
James Edwin Alexander departed this life four days after his 80th birthday. He is the son of James Eugene Alexander and Lillian Ester Gamble Alexander.
Jim was a student of life and eagerly shared himself and knowledge as an educator.
Jim was Dean Emeritus, Meinders School of Business, Oklahoma City University but his career was more varied and expansive than any single position would imply. Jim began his career in the area of electronics by serving from 1947-55 in the US Navy and 1955-67 in the USNR. He achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. Jim left the US Navy to give his talents to the service of the church, and this led him to prepare himself for ministry by obtaining a BA from the University of the Pacific, Boston University (S.T.B., M.Th.) and Claremont Graduate School (MA, Ph.D.) This enabled him to serve Methodist churches in Massachusetts and California. He also worked for the Headquarters of the United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee until 1981. He was ordained as Deacon in 1960 and Elder in 1962. Jim continued to be involved with ministry for the rest of his life.
Jim obtained another Ph.D. in 1972 from Vanderbilt with additional studies at Harvard University, the Wharton School, and Vanderbilt School of Law. This led Jim to become Dean of the School of Management at Oklahoma City University in 1981. Even with Jim's responsibilities at OCU, he expanded into the field of investments outside the academic confines. He continued to serve and teach in every venue available to him. Jim authored or coauthored 37 books including a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Jim produced 20 TV productions and 60 educational audio albums. Jim was a prolific writer and published about 1200 articles.
Some highlights of Jim's career include a TV series on PBS, chairman of the media subcommittee of the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics, panel of distinguished scholars for the New Media Bible and consultant to the Curriculum Development Project in Liberia-Sierra Leone.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ann Lacy, and two brothers, David Dean Alexander of Columbia, MO, and Frederick Alexander of Hollywood, CA. Also surviving Jim are sisters, Catherine A. Cargill of Placentia, CA, Shirley A. Patterson of Arlington, TX, Jean Ann Peterson of Paris, TN, and Mary D. Alexander of Revere, MA. Jim's children are James Michael Alexander of San Diego, CA, Dr. Michele Alexander Lee, DVM of Vacaville, CA, and Dr. Marsha Ann Alexander, MD, of Vacaville, CA. His grandchildren are Alexander Larson Lee, Mary Elizabeth Alexander, and Sierra Kristin Lee, all of Vacaville, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Richard Eugene Alexander, SFC US Army and Martin Jesse Alexander, PVT US Marine Corps.
Memorial services Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service in Bethany, OK.
(Information from Mercer_Adams Funeral Home)
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Record added: Mar 07, 2010
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