Daniel G. Alexander ’48 has many fond memories of his student days at Montclair State. “I have a lot of respect for my years of college and got good grades. I always made the honors list all four years,” the Essex Fells, N.J. resident says proudly. “It was intellectually stimulating.” His favorite teacher was music professor Dr. Edna McEachern, for whom the music building is named. “She taught as if we were the only two people in the class,” he recalls. “I loved her for that. Music was a passion of mine from childhood and still is today.”
A Spanish major and Latin minor, Alexander was also very involved in campus activities, including the Spanish Club (where he served as president), the Italian Club, and Phi Lambda Pi.
Both Alexander and his late wife Emma Milano Alexander spent their entire careers as librarians in Newark, he in public schools and she in a public library. The couple enjoyed traveling to Mexico (where, speaking fluent Spanish, they didn’t need an interpreter) and throughout Europe in the 1950s and 1960s, including a memorable trip to the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.
A grateful student who appreciated the opportunities that his education afforded him, Alexander always planned to give something back to his alma mater. He has established the Daniel G. Alexander ’48 Endowed Scholarship through a bequest in his will.
“The idea for a scholarship for deserving but financially needy students came to me when I was a student and working part-time in a hospital,” he says. He himself worked multiple jobs while at Montclair State and believes that working while going to school is important and builds character. His gift will assist academically outstanding but financially deserving students who work part-time while studying at Montclair State.
The scholarship is not his only gift to the University. Alexander had previously established the Filomena Peloro ’46 Memorial Book Fund, in memory of his classmate and fellow Spanish major. The fund is used to purchase Spanish-language books for Sprague Library.
Alexander lives with his beloved Bichon Havanese dog Tiger, and enjoys reading and music. He visited campus in November 2008 with Tiger and met with President Susan A. Cole and others. “The campus is so changed,” he says. “There were only three buildings when I was a student!”
Thanks to Alexander’s generosity, the Daniel G. Alexander ’48 Endowed Scholarship will enable hard-working and deserving students to achieve their full potential for a long time to come.