Aug. 13, 2003--Edward P. Alexander, 96, the founder and first director of UDs Museum Studies Program, died July 31 at ManorCare Rehabilitation Center in Chevy Chase, Md.
An historian, author and museum administrator, Dr. Alexander headed the Museum Studies Program from 1972-78, when he retired.
Before coming to UD, he served as the director of the New York State Historical Association from 1934-41, director of the Historical Society of Wisconsin from 1941-46 and vice president for interpretation at Colonial Williamsburg from 1946-72.
He served as president of the American Association of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History and was a fellow of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences.
A graduate of Drake University, he earned his masters degree at the University of Iowa and his doctorate at Columbia University. He also held an honorary degree from Drake University.
Dr. Alexanders books included James Duane: Revolutionary Conservative, Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums, Museum Masters: Their Museums and Their Influence and The Museum in America: Innovators and Pioneers.