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Hunter Mourns the Loss of Two Distinguished Faculty Members

Alex E. Alexander, a professor in Russian Language and Literature for more than 40 years, passed away at his home on January 10, 2012. The former head of the Russian and Slavic Studies program in the Department of Classical and Oriental Studies from 1974 - 2010, Dr. Alexander directed the program in Polish language and culture at Hunter, sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation. An active scholar who specialized in Russian folklore and Slavic mythology, he joined the Hunter faculty in 1967. A memorial service will be held in early spring. For those interested in contacting his family, please send an email to

Evelyn Handler (BA '54), a professor of biological sciences and the Dean of Science and Mathematics at Hunter from 1977 to 1980, died on December 23, 2011. Dr. Handler was the only female president of Brandeis University and served as the first woman president of the University of New Hampshire. She received master's and doctoral degrees in biology from New York University and was an expert in myelogenous leukemia. Her research on blood cell formation in the leukemic state was supported by five major grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

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