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Howard E. Alexander

Death 12 Dec 1989
Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial West Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
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Howard E. Alexander, 70, local journalist, historian

WOODBRIGDE- Howard Elliot Alexander of the Fords section of Woodbridge- longtime News Tribune staff member, public speaker and local historian- died Tuesday at John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Edison. He was 70.
Mr. Alexander was born in Red Bank and lived in Little Silver most of his life before moving to Fords in 1983.
He joined the News Tribune then the Perth Amboy Evening News- in 1942 shortly after receiving a journalism degree from Rutgers University. During Mr. Alexander's tenure at the paper, he held several positions, including photographer, reporter, magazine editor, suburban editor and chief editorial writer.
He sat on the News Tribune's Editorial Board and was recipient of several statewide awards for journalism, taking first place honors in the 1977 New Jersey Press Association award competition for editorial writing.
Mr. Alexander took a disability leave from the Tribune in October 1987. He retired officially Sept. 1 of this year.
In addition to his love of journalism, he had an intense interest in local history of American popular music and musical theater. A self-appointed archivist, he preserved photographs, books, and documents significant to the histories of Middlesex and Monmouth counties.
Rejected for military duty during World War II because of a childhood bout with poliomyelitis, Mr. Alexander volunteered through the American Field Service for special duty with the British Imperial 14th Army. He paid his passage to Canada to enter the service, and after training in India, he spent 18 months as an ambulance driver in the combat zone of Burma.
He received no compensation for his service from the American or British governments. The British Government, however, did honor him with the British Army Burma Star, the 1943-1945 Star, the British War Medal and the Le Medal Commemoratif. He left the service after becoming seriously ill due to a fever contracted in the Burmese jungles.
There will be a memorial service 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Flynn& Son Funeral, 23 Ford Ave., Fords.
Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery, West Long Branch.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Amboy Youth Center c/o Mayor John T. O'Leary, 140 North Brunswick, South Amboy, N.J. 08879.

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