After fleeing civil war in his homeland of Somalia, he sought refuge in Minnesota and earned an M.B.A. from St. Thomas in 2000. He was the founder and executive director of the African Development Center, and the first Somali-American in Minnesota to be elected to public office.
He was a faculty member in the St. Thomas Theology Department from 1993-2007.
He was the brother of Ann Marie Serdar, Department of Catholic Studies, and uncle to Rachelle (Lamers) Wind ’10, and Renee (Lamers) Amundson and Elliot Amundson ’11.
Alex had completed his first year at St. Thomas. He was the son of St. Thomas alumni Wade Vitalis and Carol Nagele-Vitalis of Shafer, Minn.
A member of the Class of 2011, she died Friday, June 21.
Alumnus Richard W. Conklin, a retired public relations and communications administrator at St. Thomas and Notre Dame and author of a popular history of St. Thomas, died Tuesday. His funeral will be Saturday.
A U.S. Marine aviator during World War II, he had a passion for learning and took classes at the University of St. Thomas until his death last week at age 91.
He is the husband of Laura Lee ’07, a communications-journalism graduate.
A U.S. Air Force veteran and an English professor, he taught literature and was best known for teaching Shakespeare. He also served as the founding director of the Center for Faculty Development and as chair of the English Department.