Bruce D. Alexander

Bruce D. Alexander passed away on February 1, 2014 just days shy of his 92nd birthday. He was born in Denver in 1922 and was a fourth generation Colorado native. He was the son of Phillip Knox and Ruth Kassler Alexander. He attended the Choate School and Williams College before serving in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 Navigator in World War II. He married Phyllis Safarik in 1948. They had three children, Kirk, Bruce, Paul and 6 grandchildren - Kate, Christine, Madison, Sarah, Morgan, and Colton. He was preceded in death by Phyllis and Kirk. Bruce had a highly successful banking career which spanned over thirty years and culminated in his role as President of The First National Bank of Denver and The First National Bancorporation. He was a fourth generation Colorado banker and was proud of that lineage. He led the bank at a critical time and its growth strategy influenced branch banking laws for the state and the country. The plan to expand the holding company was so important and impactful that it had to be resolved in the Supreme Court of the United States. After his banking career, he continued to make a difference in his community. He was Executive Director of The Denver Botanic Gardens and served in the Webb administration as Director of Parks & Recreation and Deputy Mayor. Throughout his life, he was deeply committed to the betterment of the local and global community. He believed we are all called to make the world a better place and that each individual needs to do his or her part for the greater good. He did this by standing up for what was right and through his service on a number of community boards including Saint Joseph's Hospital, Colorado Women's College, Central City Opera, and The Denver Symphony. In addition, he served on many business and public service committees including the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Governor Lamm's Boom Town and Water Conservation committees, and was Chair of the Colorado Public Expenditures Council. He was passionate about life. He loved the great Colorado outdoors, hiking the mountains to find his favorite wildflowers and skiing the backcountry. He was an avid fly fisherman and golfer even into his 90's. His greatest joy was spending time with family in his summer home in Coal Creek Canyon. He loved to experience the world's diversity and travelled with his wife by foot, skis, kayak, horse, camel, elephant, car, boat, and plane to most of the continents of the world. He was a wonderful, thoughtful, spiritual man who touched many lives and was a true role model for his children and grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, March 7, 2014 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at East 22nd Ave. and Dexter St. Reception details to be announced at the service. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to The Denver Botanic Gardens or The Denver Health Foundation.



Published in Denver Post on Feb. 12, 2014