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In Memoriam: David Alexander

David Alexander passed away on July 25 from a prolonged illness at the age of 77. Alexander was the seventh President of Pomona College, serving with distinction, creativity, and compassion for 22 years, from 1969 to 1991. Devoted to Pomona College, he was a leader in the world of higher education.

During his tenure, Pomona College's endowment grew from $24 million to $296 million, the faculty increased from 130 to 156, and the campus expanded with 15 major buildings. A Rhodes scholar, Alexander earned his undergraduate degree from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in Greek in 1953 and earned a D. Phil. in church history, Greek and Hebrew from Oxford University in 1957. President Alexander was a lifelong friend to Pomona College. He remained an active part of the community, continuing to attend events and support students up to the most recent academic year.

For a full obituary, please click here.

For the obituary printed in the fall 2010 issue of Pomona College Magazine, please click here.

Memorial Service

The Pomona College memorial service for David Alexander held on Saturday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music. 

Gifts in memory of David Alexander may be sent to:

  • Pomona College, c/o Don Pattison, 550 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711;
  • The Rhodes Trust, c/o Elliot Gerson, American Secretary, 8220 Boone Blvd., Suite 240, Vienna, VA 22182;
  • and Rhodes College, c/o Loyd Templeton, 2000 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112.

Personal Tributes

To submit your own personal tribute to David Alexander, please email We will post your memories and thoughts on our Personal Tribute page.


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