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Obituary: Pauline Alexander ’51

Pauline Jane (Johnson) Alexander, 85, of Worthington, OH and Savannah, GA, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, February 23, 2013 after battling Alzheimer's for many years. A renowned school psychologist and family therapist, Polly received her B.A. from Antioch College and her M.A. from Ohio State. She worked for the Ohio Schools for the Blind and Deaf, the Franklin County Board of Higher Education and for 30 years for the Delaware City Schools. She also had a private practice in Worthington. Polly was founder and first President of the National Association of School Psychologists, which today has more than 24,000 members, and was a co-founder of Support for Talented Students, which funds materials and programs for financially needy gifted students. She published numerous articles and received many professional awards. She produced two television series for WOSU-TV in the '60s to help teachers deal with mental health and learning disorder issues. Married 1950 to Rod Alexander (deceased). She leaves a daughter, Lesley Gady (Steve); three sons, Michael (Mary Barbara), Scott (Christine) and Casey (Brenda); eight grandchildren, Alex (Adrienne) and Sam Gady, Maggie, Danielle, Caitlin, Travis, Chase and Emily Alexander. Contributions in Polly's honor may be made to Antioch College, The Alexander Family Endowment for Faculty Development, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Online guestbook at www.cookandsonpallay.com. Published in The Columbus Dispatch on February 28, 2013