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Dr Alexander LeGrande “Alex” Pickens, II

Dr Alexander LeGrande “Alex” Pickens, II

Birth
Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Death 23 Jun 2012 (aged 90)
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Hawaii and Texas
Memorial ID 93542351 · View Source
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Alexander Pickens was born to Alexander LeGrande Pickens, Sr. & Elma Lela Johnson Pickens in Waco, McLennan County, Texas. He lived in Waco, Dallas, & Corsicana during his childhood. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas in 1939. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in English. He began his career as a public school teacher in Dallas. Alex married Frances M. Jenkins on August 20, 1955. He later went on to get an MA in Art from North Texas University in Denton, Texas and EdD in Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York. He taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia before settling in Hawai'i in 1962.

Dr. Alexander L. Pickens, Professor Emeritus, College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Manoa and former Assistant to the Dean for College Development, passed away peacefully at his home on June 23, 2012. Ardent and longtime supporters of fundraising, Pickens and his wife, Frances established an endowment fund, named the Frances M.J. & Alexander Pickens Scholarship Fund in Secondary Education. Today, the college's development office is dedicated to him for his work in establishing a successful scholarship program that continues to grow each year. He was preceeded in death by both his parents and his sister and brother in law, Doris Pickens Long and Spencer Long. He is survived by his wife Frances, 2 nieces and 3 nephews, numerous former students, and friends who continue to support the arts in education by giving back to their communities: an attribute he modeled throughout his lifetime in service to others.

An associate professor of art education at the College of Education, Pickens was promoted to full professor in 1969. He would additionally serve as Assistant to the Dean for College Development, a position he helped to create in 1989. Investing his own resources and encouraging others to do the same, Pickens obtained funds to commemorate the college's 50th anniversary in 1981. He would continue to raise money for scholarships and endowments until his retirement in 2001.

In 1989, Pickens was honored with a Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching. Among his numerous other awards and achievements, he was given the Award of Excellence for Commitment and Service to the college's alumni association in 1996 and the College Benefactor Award in 2008.
Throughout his career, Pickens served as an art education consultant who organized, designed, and raised funds for art exhibitions and projects. He worked steadily through summers and spent his sabbatical leaves in the 1970s and 80s researching art history at Yale; conducting Smithsonian Institute study tours in Greece and England; and visiting schools in Morocco, Egypt, and Kenya.
Active in the community, Pickens served on the Board of Directors for the Honolulu Theater for Youth from 1997 to 2001 and sat on the Boards of Directors for the Honolulu Symphony from 1998 to 2010 and Chamber Music Hawaii from 2002 to 2012.

A celebration of life was held in Honolulu on August 19th, 2012 to honor Alex and his accomplishments.


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  • Created by: Carolyn Schmid
  • Added: 13 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93542351
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Alexander LeGrande “Alex” Pickens, II (30 Aug 1921–23 Jun 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93542351, ; Maintained by Carolyn Schmid (contributor 47179928) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Hawaii and Texas.