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
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
and spend a summer studying TeflonTM at DuPont research headquarters in
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
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.
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,