Alexander, John EAST GREENBUSH John Alexander, 90, died on June 18, 2014, at Memorial Hospital, Albany, after a brief illness. Born in St. Albans, Vt., on November 29, 1923, he was the son of the late Harris Alexander, a St. Albans pharmacist and the late Dorothy Greene, only daughter of Senator Frank L. Greene of Vermont. He attended public schools in St. Albans and was active in baseball, ice hockey and football. He matriculated at Dartmouth College, (80 days before Pearl Harbor '41) with the class of 1945. He joined the Navy in 1943 and was subsequently stationed at Fleet Hospital III (Guam), where he helped the CB's in construction, and later cared for the wounded from Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as a hospital corpsman. Upon his discharge at wars end, he returned to Dartmouth, receiving a BA in chemistry and an MA in organic chemistry. He was soon hired by Sterling Drug and went on to earn a PhD at RPI night school. He was treasurer of the East Greenbush Parent Teachers Assoc., member of the Board of Education, and a consultant for the Rensselaer County Environmental Assoc. He enjoyed upland game hunting with his pointers, and was a passionate lover of nature. He designed and created a glorious 75 acre private nature sanctuary with large ponds, managed woodlots, duck and bird houses, and paths to a nearby wetlands where wildlife abounds. In later years he became an avid canoeist, exploring the Adirondak lakes. He is survived by his loving son, Robert and his wife, Debra; granddaughter, Katelyn (Kevin) Kelley; great-granddaughter, Eliza Kelley; also loving daughter, Cindy, along with seven grandchildren (all from his first marriage); and sister Betsy (Ed) Zane. His current wife, Constance Alexander was married to John for 32 years. A celebration of his life will be held at his home the fourth week of September, when his son is able to attend. Announcement to be published in the fall.
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Published in Albany Times Union on June 23, 2014