A graduate of Le Rosey in Switzerland, The Kent School ('37) where he was on the rowing and hockey teams and a member of the class of 1941 at Dartmouth College, he immediately joined the United States Army Air Corps after graduation and served honorably and with distinction in the Pacific Theater. As commander of the 6th Squadron, 29th Bomber Group, 314th Wing, of the 20th Air Force, flying B-29s, he was in command of the famed "City of St. Louis," ultimately flying over 30 missions toward the end of World War II. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. While enjoying a career in shipping, hotel management, and commercial real estate brokerage, Alex somehow found time for numerous sailing races, notably several Transatlantic (on the winning side in 1960), Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, Transpacific, Sydney to Hobart, Miami to Montego Bay, Newport, and Block Island Races. He loved sailing and was a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club, Cruising Club of America, North American Station of the Royal Scandinavian Yacht Club, and the Nylandfka Jatklubben. He was also a lifelong member of the Union Club in New York and served on the board of the National Horse Show. A man of many talents, Alex was at home on his lawn mower or up a tree with a saw, and he loved to serve as his own "butler" as a way of scaring off would-be salesmen. While often professing to be a "hermit," he actually loved to host sailing reunions, Thanksgiving dinners (would set the table himself) and Gold Racquets weekend opening parties. Always a "law and order" man, after his daily breakfast at the local diner where he loved mixing with all the local citizens, he brought a cup of coffee and donut to the guard at the gate to Tuxedo Park, and was a longtime supporter of the Tuxedo Police and Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps. He loved the history of the area, knew who lived at which house and when "before the war," and delighted at being the oldest participant in such events as the annual Tuxedo Club Ball and the Memorial Day parade in town. He particularly enjoyed sitting on his porch with his friends, watching the sunsets and having good conversation. A benefactor to many, the new boathouses at the Kent School and Tuxedo Club were a source of pride and joy ("and a good place to throw a party!") The family would like to recognize his long friendships made at the Orange Top and with Tina Smith and Jun Viray, without whom his joy in life would not have been possible. Alex is survived by his first cousin, John Train, and many "nieces and nephews" - the 17 sons and daughters of his other predeceased first cousins: James Gerard, Sumner Gerard, Coster Gerard, and Peter Salm.
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