Martin A. Alexander was born in Perry, Missouri, May 14, 1900. He obtained his B.S. degree from Washington State in 1923 with a major in Animal Husbandry and a minor in Soils. He received his M.S. degree in 1924 from Colorado State University. Mr. Alexander was married to Maude Phillips in 1927. Their only child, Sara Jane was born in 1937.
Professor Alexander served on the teaching and research staffs at the University of Arkansas (1924-1927); Kansas State University (1927-30) and University of Wyoming (1930-31). He was on the University of Nebraska staff beginning in 1931 where he was in charge of sheep. In addition, Mr. Alexander spent four years at Ataturk University in Turkey where he served as Chairman and Professor, Department of Animal Science, with the Nebraska Contact Group, A.I.D. (1959-63). After his return and until his retirement in 1968, Professor Alexander taught introductory Animal Science and Sheep and Wool Production.
Among the many courses taught by Professor Alexander, he probably made his greatest contributions as the coach of the livestock and wool judging teams. It was in this role that the students who were privileged to work under Alex really got to know him as a teacher.
Professor Alexander passed away on February 8, 1991.