I recently heard that "Alex" passed away. Although I feel he was like a second father to me for a while, I was a graduate student of Alex's and was greatly influenced by him professionally, as a wetland scientist and ecologist. While a graduate student, Alex and Ann reached out to me many times and invited me into their home many times for Holiday meals and fellowship. I also paid an unforgetable visit to their cottage with them in Canada on "Bob's Lake" where I learned much about northern ecology, limnology and birding! I did my graduate research at the Labrador Hollow Unique Area under Alex's tutelage and because of his influence in obtaining funding from the NYDEC, and where he spent his time helping me (the Biology undergrad) to understand the natural environment, and then write about it in an understandable way. I was honored to have attended both Alex's 80th and 90th birthday celebrations, but sorry to say that apart from Ann I regret that I did not know Alex's family very well. I do know that he loved them very much and I heard many stories of his hunting outings and other vacations and experiences. I will sorely miss not receiving a Christmas card from him this year, as he was so faithful in sending since my graduation in 1982. My heart goes out to you all, I knew he was old but I too, hoped he would reach 100.
May God give you peace and joy as you contemplate the many happy memories of your dad/granddad/great granddad. I will miss him.
Jane Offringa Rowan