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In Memory of

James R. Alexander

November 2, 1923 - November 24, 2016

Obituary


James Richard Alexander (Jimmy), born to Helen and Harry Alexander in Cleveland, Ohio passed away on November 24, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 93. James is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie Cinnamon Alexander, and his cousins, Stuart J. Sharpe and Shayna Sharpe Grundman. He is preceded into death by his parents, Helen and Harry Alexander. James graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1943 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and the University of Texas Law School in 1946 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He practiced law in Dallas, Texas for 70...

James Richard Alexander (Jimmy), born to Helen and Harry Alexander in Cleveland, Ohio passed away on November 24, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 93. James is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie Cinnamon Alexander, and his cousins, Stuart J. Sharpe and Shayna Sharpe Grundman. He is preceded into death by his parents, Helen and Harry Alexander. James graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1943 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and the University of Texas Law School in 1946 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He practiced law in Dallas, Texas for 70 years.

James was life-long member of Temple Emanu-El and a founding member of Temple Shalom. He was a member of the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Estate Planning Association and the Dallas Bar Association. James exemplified lifelong membership in Sigma Alpha Mu. He was initiated into Sigma Alpha Mu at SMU (Mu Alpha Chapter) in 1941 and was active at the University of Texas (Sigma Theta Chapter) where he earned his law degree. As an undergraduate, Fra Alexander was noted as a "Campus Star" in the January 1943 issue of the Octagonian. He served as a two-term prior of his Mu Alpha Chapter, first president of Hillel at SMU, and served on the IFC Judiciary Board.

James was the 15th recipient of Sigma Alpha Mu's Distinguished Service Award in recognition of more than seven decades of continuous volunteer service. He held the following volunteer positions: Regional Governor, House Corporation Trustee, Consul of the Octagon, Supreme Recorder, 1958 Dallas Convention Chairman, Honorary Chairman of 1987 Dallas Convention, Longtime Chairman of S??'s Expansion Committee, Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation Director, and Fraternity Historian. James has endowed two scholarships for the benefit of students through the Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation. He was also one of the first donors to support the Foundation's Centennial Campaign in 2009 and was noted as a Centennial Founder. James actively worked to make S?? better. He demonstrated a desire to serve and pushed the Fraternity's leadership to make sure S?? thrived.

A memorial service will be held at Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception and then ending with a Minyon service. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to any of the following: Temple Emanu-El Rabbi's Good Works Fund, 8500 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75225, Temple Emanu-El Music Fund, 8500 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75225, North Texas Food Bank, 4500 S. Cockrell Rd, Dallas, Texas 75236.