Eric Alpha

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Dr. Eric Alpha
August 27, 1942 - July 5, 2014

Kappa Rho Eric Alpha lost his battle with pulmonary fibrosis on July 5, 2014, at the HopeWest Hospice and Care Center. His determined and courageous ten-year struggle to breathe is over. His peaceful passing is a comfort to his family and many friends.
Eric was born in Rawlins, Wyoming on August 27, 1942. As the son of a geologist, his childhood involved moves to Great Falls, Billings, Casper, Denver, and Los Angeles. After earning his BS in Biology at Cal State Northridge, Eric attended dental school at Northwestern University in Chicago. There, he met Cheryl Peterson, the love of his life. Cheryl and Eric recently celebrated 46 years of marriage.
After dental school, Eric completed a residency at Boston University in Periodontics, which was truly to become his lifelong passion. He was devoted to the art and science of periodontics, and he both loved and was loved by his patients for his 33 years of practice. Eric was not only devoted to his own continuing education but was committed to helping maintain the high standard of dentistry throughout the Western Slope.
Eric delighted in hiking the deserts of the Southwest. He had a sly and sometimes bawdy sense of humor, and he knew rocks. Hiking with Eric meant trying to keep up, putting up with his jokes, and learning about rocks, rock layers, and periods of prehistory along the way. He had a keen and inquiring intellect and always brought out the best in people. He served generously and actively on the Board of the Museum of Western Colorado. He was a key player in bringing the Museum's Two Rivers Chautauqua to Grand Junction as an annual event.
Eric is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his two sons, Kyle (Jesse Beldon), and Craig (Christina); grandson, Wyatt; brothers, Tau (Ann) and Sigma (Bobbie), and five nieces.
At Eric's request, a private family celebration will be held at a later date.
Donations in Eric's name can be made to Two Rivers Chautauqua, c/o Museum of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 20,000, 81502, or HopeWest Hospice, 3090B N. 12th Street, 81506.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 9, 2014
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