Eugene A. Alexander, 91, practiced law for 55 years


Eugene A. Alexander, who practiced law in Baltimore for more than half a century, died of heart disease Saturday at Morningside House in Ellicott City. He was 91.

Born and raised in Frederick County, Mr. Alexander attended Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg. He graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1940, and passed the bar exam that year with the second-highest score. He embarked on a 55-year career that included trial work and estate law.

He once told his daughter Jane Noonan of Ellicott City, "There has never been an occasion in 50 years that I did not look forward to coming to work," she said yesterday.

In 1942, he married Bella Goncalves, and they lived in the Ten Hills area of Baltimore for 45 years before her death in 2001. They loved to travel, often visiting favorite destinations in Portugal, Ireland and France. They also remained active for much of their adult lives fund raising for Mount St. Mary's.

Mr. Alexander enjoyed reading history.

He was a communicant of St. William of York Roman Catholic Church, 600 Cooks Lane, where a funeral Mass was offered yesterday.

He also is survived by another daughter, Nancy Russell of Towson; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

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