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The W. Merle and Mary K. Alexander Endowed Scholarship Fund was created in 1995 to recognize Dr. Alexander's 30 years of service to Baylor University through teaching and research in the fields of Environmental Studies and Space Physics. Recognition is also given to Mary K. Alexander for her 25 years of service as Instructor of Harp and Piano to Baylor, as harpist of the Waco Symphony and several other notable orchestras in the U.S., and as soloist with various symphony and chamber groups.
Merle Alexander entered Baylor University as an undergraduate student in the School of Music in 1947. He received the Bachelors of Music (cum laude) in 1949 and Bachelors of Science in Physics (cum laude) in 1952 and Masters of Music (MM) and Physics (MS) in 1953. He spent a year in music acoustics research and returned to Baylor in 1954 as an Assistant Professor of Physics. In 1959, Dr. Alexander joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and was Head of the Astrochemistry Section. He then returned to Baylor University's Department of Physics in 1967 and began work on his doctorate. Then in 1971 he became active in the Environmental Studies program and was appointed Director in 1975 until 1992.