Jen Alexander

#24 Delaware Bobcats

Jennifer Dawn Alexander
June 1, 1974 to January 28, 2002


Colorado State University - O u t l o o k M a g a z i n e - Fall 2005

College Establishes Seven New Scholarships

Jennifer Dawn Alexander was the kind of student Chemistry Professor David Grainger would
never forget. A Colorado State University scholarship created in her name now will help keep
her memory alive for many others.

Bright and self-motivated, Jennifer started working with Grainger the summer after her sophomore
year. Her research on specialized coatings for flexible printed circuits used in many electronic
products and aerospace equipment helped her win a national DuPont Plunkett Student Fellowship
and spend a summer studying TeflonTM at DuPont research headquarters in Delaware.

After graduating from CSU, she accepted a chemistry doctoral program position at the University
of Utah, working with surface chemist Professor Tom Beebe. When he moved his lab to the Univer-
sity of Delaware, she followed him to finish her doctoral research and help get his sophisticated lab
equipment moved and functioning. She planned to complete her degree in May 2002.

Tragically, she would never get that chance. She died January 28, 2002, unexpectedly at age 27.
“She had a great spirit and was really a happy person,” Grainger said. “She also had a profound
effect on the people around her.”

Shortly after Jennifer’s funeral, her parents contacted Grainger and Beebe about creating a living
memorial for their daughter. The result was the Jennifer Dawn Alexander Scholarship in Chemistry.

Contributions from Jennifer’s friends, family, and former faculty made it possible to establish a
$25,000 scholarship endowment. The first $500 scholarship went to Kate Norvell, an undergradu-
ate senior with a double-major in chemistry and soil sciences. Norvell, who wants to help farmers
to improve their soil quality, is vivacious, spirited, and goal-oriented, in many ways a mirror image
of Jennifer’s personality, Grainger said.

“Kate will be a great reflection of what CSU’s agricultural service tradition can accomplish with
natural sciences and analytical chemistry,” he said.

Durango Herald - Obituary

Jennifer Dawn Alexander

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Jennifer "Jenny" Dawn Alexander, who died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, unexpectedly from a re-emergence of a childhood seizure disorder, while she was in Delaware. She was 27.

A reception will follow. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.

Ms. Alexander was born June 1, 1974, in Denver. A chemistry doctoral candidate, she received numerous awards, including the 1999 International Precious Metal Industry Research Award, Outstanding Educator Award for teaching undergraduate chemistry courses at the University of Utah 1996-97, Outstanding Scholar Award from the Colorado State University Department of Chemistry and first place DuPont Plunkett Student Award. She was planning to receive her doctorate degree in May.

She is survived by her mother, Carolyn Sue Edlund, and adoptive father, Bruce Edlund of Phoenix; father Benton Lyle Alexander of Anchorage, Alaska; grandmothers Rae Pimley Haynes of Durango and Esther Edlund of Yuma, Ariz.; grandfather Alton Alexander of Three Rivers, Mich.; stepsister Christy Johnson of Hartsville, S.C.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Jennifer Dawn Alexander Scholarship Fund in Chemistry, c/o Professor David Grainger, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523.