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Alexander S. McWilliams – Obituary

Name: Alexander S. McWilliams

Age: 90

Born: 10-20-1929

Died: 01-29-2020



 Alexander Scarborough McWilliams, age 90, of St. Cloud, MN, died on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Country Manor Care Center in Sartell, MN. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, MN, and North Haven Funeral Home in North Haven, CT. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Burying Ground in Mt. Carmel, Hamden, CT.  There will be no services in Minnesota.

Alexander was born October 20,1929, in New Haven, CT, to Earle and Emma (Pagani) McWilliams.  He attended Mt. Carmel Grammar School and Hamden High School in CT. Right after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1947 and later served an extended enlistment period in the U.S. Air Force in Japan.  Upon honorable discharge from the service in December 1952 he attended the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, where he received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in mathematics and physics. He later went on to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and received his Ph. D. in physics in 1962. Alexander then became a faculty member in the Department of Physics at St. Cloud State University where he taught physics and astronomy for 30 years, retiring in June,1992.

Among his activities he liked to take hiking and camping trips, a few while overseas, and later many trips into the Appalachian Mountains throughout his student college years.   After retiring his hobbies included writing computer software, constructing instruments used to monitor environmental phenomena such as solar flares, earthquakes and the earth's magnetic field.  He was a member of the American Geophysics Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jean Romberg, and nephew Douglas Romberg. He is survived by his niece Nancy (Romberg) Benham and her family of East Hampton, CT, nephew Paul Romberg of Plainville, CT .


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