Richard K. Alexander, CDR USN (Ret.), age 79, retired naval submarine officer, died Wednesday, (February 27, 2013), from complications of a lung disease at Harrington Court rehabilitation facility in Colchester. He was born in Upland, PA, on March 23, 1933, the son of Marian (Parsons) and Andrew Alexander. He grew up in Ridley Park, PA, where he graduated from Ridley Park High School. He was a graduate of the class of 1958 from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, and had a career in the submarine force. He served aboard the USS Kearsarge, CV-33; trained at the United States Naval Submarine School in Groton; served aboard the USS Spinax, SS-489; served aboard and was a Plank Owner of the USS Woodrow Wilson, SSBN-624; transferred to COMSUBRON 14 Staff in Holy Loch, Scotland; served aboard the USS Bang, SS-385; and was the Executive Officer for the USS Tusk, SS-426. He served in the Administration of the Guided Missile School in Dam Neck, VA; assigned as the Administration Officer at SUPSHIP of Electric Boat and finally as the Director of Basic Enlisted Training at the United States Naval Submarine School at the United States Naval Submarine Base in Groton. After retiring from the United States Navy in June 1978, he worked at Mystech Associates in Mystic; Barnes Engineering in Stamford; Kaman Aerospace in Bloomfield, and was an adjunct professor of Management for years and served as the Director of Business Services at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. He was a current member and past president of the CT Marine Model Society. He also was a member of the following organizations: a volunteer in the Retired Activities Organization at the US Naval Submarine Base, Groton; a past member and president of Ledyard Rotary; the Gales Ferry Fire Department and Fire Police; and a Treasurer at the Gales Ferry United Methodist Church, where he also taught Sunday School to senior high school students. Cdr. Alexander earned two masters degrees: one from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1971 and another one from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, in 1974. After retirement, he and his wife Barbara enjoyed visiting places around the world such as Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, Egypt, the Caribbean, Ireland, Russia, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the Panama Canal, Mexico, and South America. He married Barbara Harlow on June 7, 1958, three days after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. He is survived by his wife Barbara; daughter Nancy Oaks, her husband Brian, their children Emily and Ian of Tolland; daughter Judy Marano, her husband Sal and their children Erica and Ryan of Glastonbury; son Scott, his wife Annette and their children Rachel and Nathan of Colchester; and daughter Debbie Iannacito, her husband Tom and their daughters Stephanie and Danielle and his daughter Marisa of Torrington. He was pre-deceased by a granddaughter, Rebecca. He is also survived by a sister Joyce (Alexander) Leap of Runnymede, NJ. The family sincerely appreciates the outstanding care and support provided by the nurses and staff at Harrington Court to Cdr. Alexander and his family.
A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Gales Ferry United Methodist Church. Burial will be private at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis, MD. There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the Gales Ferry United Methodist Church, 10 Chapman Lane, Gales Ferry, CT 06335. Please visit for directions, to sign the guest book or to share a memory.

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Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 3, 2013