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I was a student of Professor Alexander at the University of Arkansas in 1959-1961. He was my advisor for my MA in government, which I received in January 1961. Dr. Alexander was a classic. He always walked in the classroom, stopped in the doorway, head down, and drawled "pleasant day. " Then he would flip his cigarette out the window, which was opened when we heard him walking down the hall. He loved to lecture about the "ward" or "boss" system and was most fond of Marlin Hawkins, Conway County sheriff for many years.
Ralph E. Balch
Morrilton, AR