He was the grandfather of Karen Cerney Harthorn, associate vice president of procurement; Colleen Hannon Moore ’94; Tim Hannon ’96; Sheila Hannon McGill, women’s soccer coach; Laura Cerney Welter ’97; Molly Hannon ’00; and Arianna Vazquez, a UST sophomore.
She was the mother of Dr. Mary Margaret Hoden, senior adjunct professor in the Theology Department.
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.