Alexander Van Emden Jr., 48, operations director

January 12, 2003

Alexander Van Emden Jr., operations director for the International Collectors Society, died Tuesday of a brain tumor at his Cockeysville home. He was 48.

Mr. Van Emden, who was born and raised in Fairlawn, N.J., was a 1972 graduate of Fairlawn High School. During the 1970s, he played bass guitar in a rock band.

He later went to work for Norstat Inc. in Rockaway, N.J., manufacturers of safety products such as buzzers, alarms, relays and switches for machines.

In 1996, he moved to Cockeysville when he became director of operations for the International Collectors Society in Owings Mills, which sells celebrity postage stamps.

When the brain tumor was diagnosed in 2001, Mr. Van Emden formed Team Alex with family and friends, and last spring participated in the Brain Tumor Society's 5-K walk in Washington to raise money for research.

Mr. Van Emden was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. He also enjoyed attending his children's recreation council games.

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Van Emden is survived by his wife of 13 years, the former Brenda Henry; a son, Alexander Van Emden III of Cockeysville; two daughters, Ashley E. Hughes and Megan R. Van Emden, both of Cockeysville; his parents, Alexander Van Emden Sr. and Margaret Van Emden of Shrewsbury, N.J.; two brothers, John Van Emden of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Scott Van Emden of Garfield, N.J.; and three sisters, Barbara Hackett of Englishtown, N.J., Kim Del Mauro of Montville, N.J., and Sue Nappi of Wayside, N.J.

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