Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

A. J. Alexander

A. J. Alexander - 1979

A.J. Alexander is a native of Custer County, born and reared at Stafford, and his mother, Mrs. Georgina Meacham, resides in Clinton.  He met his wife, the former Shirley Conrad, while both were attending Southwestern in 1941. 

World War II interrupted Alexander’s college education, and he entered the Air Force in January 1943 to become a transport pilot.  Discharged form the service in August 1946 as a first-lieutenant, he returned to complete work on his degree.  He taught school at Hammon for a year before accepting employment from the Certified Public Accountant firm of Belt, Burns, and Co. in Ponca City.  Two years later he was hired by Conoco as an accountant.  Since that time he has received several promotions and he now is vice-president of the company’s tax department with offices in Stamford, Conn. 

Alexander is a CPA and holds membership in the American Institute of CPA’s and the American Petroleum Institute.  He is past chairman of the institute general committee on taxation.  In addition to the bachelor’s degree from then SWSU, Alexander has done graduate study at the University of Oklahoma and attended Management Schools at the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University. 

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander are the parents of four children: Mrs. Cathy Parks of Oklahoma City; Mrs. Saren Murray, Philadelphia, Pa.; John of Arzew, Algeria, and Ellen, an sophomore at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.