Nathan’s Hope – a tribute from one of his favorite students, Emily Ham
This dove mysteriously appeared in a brand-new nest outside my door within hours after Nathan died. It was bizarre because I never saw it until then, never saw it building the nest, and I frequently used the outside light. Nathan used to always go around saying “peace” and giving the peace symbol. It raised two babies there, then flew away. I’d hear it cooing around the clock, and for months I heard no other birds chirping early in the morning, they all oddly disappeared.
The Elisa Alexander College Fund has been set up for contributions in Nathan’s memory. Mail checks to VEST Payments, P.O. Box759226, Baltimore, MD 21275-9226, for account #10202577 (it doesn’t accept online contributions).
From James “Zak” Szakmary, Vietnam War veteran:
My sincerest condolences for your brother Nathan. I had no idea. I was just led to the IC website and saw his photo and realized that he was no longer with us. Although I didn;t know him personally, we used to email all the time – especially about Viet Nam and the books he read about the war. I remember when he told me he moved to Alabama. Now I see he was born as I was on my way to land in Da Nang, just in time for Tet. What a great all around guy. When I’m less choked up, hopefully by tomorrow, I will be able to read the obituary and watch the videos. The both of you are true friends to the veteran community.
Jim “Zak” Szakmary
Long Island, NY
Zak/USMC/F 2-11/Viet Nam/’68-’69
This was Nathan’s favorite pic of himself, taken at dad’s retirement party around 2001
Nathan and his beautiful daughter Elisa
Memorial Service bulletin – click to enlarge
Alexanders 2009 Christmas card – click to enlarge
Alexander 2009 Christmas letter – click to enlarge
The family after Nathan’s funeral, including extended family
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