Gordon `Pat' Alexander, 92, can company manager

July 01, 2005

Gordon "Pat" Alexander, a retired can company manager and longtime Greater Baltimore Medical Center volunteer, died of bone cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 92.

Mr. Alexander was born in Beith, Scotland, and when he was age 9 immigrated with his family to Penn Yan, N.Y., where he graduated from high school.

He worked for Eastman Kodak Co. and Esso Standard Oil Co. before going to work in 1938 for Continental Can Co. in Rochester, N.Y. In 1960, he was transferred to Baltimore and at the time of his 1974 retirement was service manager for the company's Eastern District.

In his retirement, Mr. Alexander began a second career as a volunteer. He joined the YMCA and later served on the organization's board of managers and was a fund-raiser. In 1989, he was presented the YMCA's Distinguished Service Award.

From 1984 until 2003, when he stepped down because of illness, Mr. Alexander compiled 6,080 volunteer hours at GBMC. His duties included visiting patients, serving as a lobby escort and working at the hospital's annual Nearly New Sale.

"He really was Mr. GBMC," said Janet L. Streit, the hospital's director of volunteer services. "He demonstrated what caring and loving others is all about. We'll miss him for his service hours and genuine care for others. He was always here visiting friends, family and neighbors."

Mr. Alexander was a longtime member of Central Presbyterian Church, where he had been an elder and trustee, and a Mason.

In recognition for his volunteer activities and church work, he was awarded the WBAL Distinguished Citizen's Award in 1979.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at his church, 7308 York Road, Towson.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, the former Bernice Reynolds; a daughter, Judi Sutherland of Folsom, Calif.; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

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