J.S. Waterman Langone Chapel

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Vernon Roger Alden

April 7, 1923June 22, 2020

Vernon Roger Alden was born on April 7, 1923 and passed away on June 22, 2020 and is under the care of J.S. Waterman Langone Chapel.

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Vernon Roger Alden

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Teresa DeChant

July 6, 2020

I met Vern Alden at an OHIO Alumni event in Cleveland. When I told him about my career after graduating from Ohio University in Fine Art planning healthcare and corporate collections, he told me about his beautiful wife and her love of art.
He was very proud of her as a perfect wife for a college president and for his entire life! I have never met a man so very proud of his wife and so very happy and fulfilled with his career with her by his side✨

Sandra Moose

July 3, 2020

To the Alden Family,

You have my heartfelt sympathy for your profound loss. Vern was a remarkable man with many accomplishments as others have noted. I met Vern in 1969 when he became Chair of the Boston Company and I was a new consultant (first woman) at the Boston Consulting Group, which was a subsidiary of the Boston Company at the time. Our paths continued to cross in business or symphony over the ensuing years. I enjoyed conversations with Vern and his beloved Marion. I was touched by his warmth, congeniality and kindness. Warmest regards, Sandy Moose

Harry Matternas

July 3, 2020

Dave, and the Alden family my condolences for your loss. Vern was an amazing person and an inspiration to others. He helped drive the transformation of Brown cross country and track and field and impacted many an athlete. I will always have fond memories of him and celebrate the fact that his legacy will have a lasting impact on many people.

Harry Matternas
Class of 87

Susan Roberts

June 30, 2020

Dr. Alden and I often met rounding the corner of the brick walk around Ellis Hall - he from home on way to office, me on way to classes in Ellis. We always had something positive and witty to share. He was my touchstone in my college days, like we both were meant to be there and exchange a few words. I hope we meet again.

Keith Pearson

June 30, 2020

What a remarkable life. From education to athletics to finance to foreign language to management to international relations to family, Dr. Alden had his hands in all of it at one point and often mixing them together.

I first met him as a 16-year-old caddie at The Country Club in the summer of 1994. He asked me how my college search was going and if I had a major in mind. Well, heading into my junior year the search hadn’t really started yet, but I did know that I wanted to get into sports media – preferably TV or radio. Dr. Alden said that he knew just the place for me. I can tell you, he’s pretty convincing when talking about Ohio University.

We must have walked TCC together 20 times over the next couple years before I went to Ohio as a freshman in 1996. The story he told about picking up the two stranded OU students in Bermuda still stands out 25+ years later.

Despite only spending seven years in Athens, he left his mark on the city, the university and what it means to be an Ohio Bobcat that will last long after our lifetime. The Convo was built under his watch more than 50 years ago and is still the crown jewel of the MAC, same for the library that is the tallest building in the city and bears his name, and he saw to it that the river was rerouted.

While I don’t think he moved any other rivers, he left similar legacies on his other endeavors.

My condolences to his family. He was truly a special man.

Keith Pearson

Joe Sutton

June 29, 2020

Dear Dave and Members of the Alden Family,

Rarely does one have opportunity to meet and get to know a true visionary. Dr. Alden was that. I knew him as a student athlete and later in life as a Bobcat supporter. We became good friends and every time I spoke to him, I learned new things. I am an amateur baseball historian and he shared with me his experiences with Willie Mays whom he mentored. He helped us form the Ohio Bobcat Club and was an active Board Member and strong financial supporter.

He was just a great guy. He was humble, intelligent, gracious and the best and most impactful President in Ohio University history.
He will be greatly missed, but his legend will live on.

My Deepest Sympathy,
Joe Sutton

Ann Rudolph

June 28, 2020

I was a student at Ohio University from 1965 to 1969. I remember your father as being such a guiding force at the University and in Athens. I have fond memories of all of you playing in your yard as we all walked to or from classes. Seeing your family uptown on a weekend going to a movie. The Alden Library opened when I graduated and I have always directed my donations to the library. I'm so sorry for your loss, but be comforted by all the students whose lives he touched.

Dave Franklin

June 28, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Vern on a few occasions when I was on the Brown Track and Cross Country teams with his son Dave. Vern always had a smile on his face, was an engaging conversationalist, and took an interest in all the athletes on the team and helped make the program strong. To Dave and all the Alden family, I offer my deepest condolences.

Kurt Wulfekuhler

June 28, 2020

I ran cross-country with his son, Dave. We all adored Vern. He was a wonderful man.

MJ Pelusi

June 27, 2020

As a parent of a current Brown Track athlete, I thank Vernon and his family for his contributions to Brown Track & Field over the years. Vernon was a true role model for current day athletes. Thank you very much!