My best friend, Dr. James T. Alexander, who was buried with full military honors on February 13, 2006.
Dr. James T. Alexander, 57, died Saturday, December 17, 2005, in Glendale Arizona.
He was born August 4, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio, and he was Columbus West High School Class President our graduating year in 1966. After graduating from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, he attended Des Moines Osteopathic School of Medicine where he graduated first in his class having received the prestigious Upjohn Achievement Award. He completed an internship at Columbus Ohio's Doctors Hospital and practiced family medicine in Largo, Florida and Marysville, Ohio.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1981, received Aviation Medical Officer designation at Pensacola, Florida, and served as an Aviation Medical Officer to the Presidential Helicopter Squadron while stationed at Quantico, Virginia. Later, he received an M.S. degree in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati. He continued his military career serving at Naval Hospital Charleston, South Carolina; Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington D.C.; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland; the Medical Inspector General's Office, Washington D.C.; and the Health Sciences Education and Training Command.
During his naval career, he achieved the rank of Captain.
Dr. Alexander's military awards inclue National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Medical achievements include board certification in Family Medicine and in Preventive/Environmental and Occupation Medicine; he was a Fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Alexander is survived by wife Carol Nicol Alexander; his daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Hoyt Hooks; and his daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Nick Spetrino. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Harold Alexander, formerly of Columbus, Ohio. He was the son-in-law of Betty (Geer) Nicol and the late Hrold Nicol, formerly of Marysville, Ohio.
He will be missed by many, but his spirit lives on to inspire me as “his best friend.”
Yesterday, February 13th, 2006, at 9am, at the Old Post Chapel, we remembered my best friend ever, Captain James T. Alexander, USNR (retired). To his family, wife Carol, daughters Heather & Erin, and their spouses (Shay & Nick), we leave these words to remember Jim by:
“The passing of time will never lessen the memory of your life,
Your memory inspires me!
You are in my thoughts every day,
I MISS YOU so.
As I stand beside the flickering light of this candle,
My heart cries out for the touch of your gentle hand.
Although you are gone from my physical presence,
I can feel your spirit all around me.
The bond of our friendship can NEVER be broken,
You are in my heart FOREVER!
Peace unto you, James Thomas Alexander,
My best friend ever…
ALEXANDER, JAMES T
- CAPT US NAVY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 08/04/1948
- DATE OF DEATH: 12/17/2005
- BURIED AT: SECTION 66 SITE 1209
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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