Lawrence Theodore Alexander, of East Lansing, MI, born November 14, 1921, in Brooklyn, New York to Harriet and Martin Alexander, died November 7, 2013, in Lansing, Michigan.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Carryl Alexander, his daughters Meredith (Albert) Ernst, Barbara (Curtis (dec)) Lange, his grandchildren Jeffrey (Adina) Ernst, Lauren (Dr. Timothy) Frankel, Allison Lange, his great-grandchildren Hadar Ernst, Elana Ernst, Max Frankel, Ayala Ernst, Sophie Frankel and Parker Frankel, his brother, Robert (Anne) Alexander, and his sister-in-law Muriel (Jules) Lederkramer.
Lawrence served Michigan State University as Professor of Education Psychology for over 20 years, as Director of the Learning and Evaluation Center. He authored a number of noted textbooks, including the book Individualized Instruction. Prior to serving as Professor at Michigan State University, Dr. Alexander was associated with City College of New York, the Rand Corporation and Johns Hopkins University. A graduate of Rutgers University (Bachelors Degree) and the Ohio State University (Ph.D.), Dr. Alexander earned All-American Honors on a National Champion Rutgers University Fencing Team and, during World War II, served his country in the Intelligence Services.
The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Road, East Lansing, with Rabbi Amy B. Bigman officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family is being served by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The family requests that contributions in Dr. Alexander’s memory be made to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona or to the PJ Library Fund at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, East Lansing.