Centre Daily Times
State College, Pennsylvania
March 6, 2010
OBITUARY - DR. ROBERT H. McALEXANDER
Robert H. McALEXANDER, a few weeks shy of 88, passed away in Frisco, Texas on March 3, 2010. He was born in Percival,
Iowa, son of Riley F. and Ora PADDOCK McALEXANDER. On May 19, 1944, he married LaVara Alpha OAKLEY who predeceased him
after 62 years of marriage in 2006.
He served his country in the Weather Service of the Army Air Corps during World War
Dr. McALEXANDER was an Assistant Dean for International Agriculture and a Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics
at Penn State University. Dr. McALEXANDER received accolades as a pioneer in adapting mathematical programming for solving
agricultural problems during his academic career at Penn State which spanned nearly three decades. He assisted with the
development and management of Penn State agricultural programs in Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bahamas, Spain, India,
Greece, Sri Lanka, China, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Taiwan, and Swaziland.
Dr. McALEXANDER was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma
Sigma Delta, and Phi Delta Kappa honorary fraternities. He was a lifelong member of the State College Presbyterian Church
where he served as a Deacon and Elder.
Dr. McALEXANDER was a 35-year member of the State College Kiwanis Club. He was a
Mayflower descendant who proudly traced his lineage back to William BREWSTER.
A football and basketball athlete in his
younger days, he lived and breathed sports - especially the PSU Nittany Lions - to his dying day.
He truly was a gentle
giant - with a tall stature of 6'3" his kind demeanor and twinkling blue eyes conveyed the humility and friendliness
within. He was always interested in those he met and although a man of few words, his sage advice never failed to impart
wisdom and integrity.
Dr. McALEXANDER is survived by two children, Kay KINNAN, of Frisco, Texas, Steven O. McALEXANDER and
wife, Gay, of Frisco, Texas; four brothers, Carl McALEXANDER, of Sidney, Iowa, Eugene and Kenneth McALEXANDER, of
Beaconsfield, Iowa, and Dale McALEXANDER of Humeston, Iowa; twin grandchildren: Kevin A. KINNAN and wife, Lindy, of
Coppell, Texas, and Keith R. KINNAN and wife, Lauri of Snoqualmie, Wash.; four great grandchildren, Ethan KINNAN,
Callie KINNAN, Cole KINNAN, and Leigh KINNAN. He was also predeceased by his sister, Naomi JOHNSTON of Ellston, Iowa.
Funeral services will be at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 3:00 p.m.
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