Dr. Alan Lander
Alan Lander, formerly of Brockton and North Easton, Massachusetts, passed away at Copley at Stoughton on May 16, 2020. He was the devoted and cherished husband of the late Hilda (Glazer) Lander, loving father of Stuart & Rhonda Lander of Ashland, MA and Emily & Scott Worobey of Bridgewater, MA and adored grandfather of Julia and Lauren Lander and Adam Worobey.
Born in Lynn, MA on December 18, 1927, Alan was raised in Chelsea, MA and graduated from Chelsea High School. After working at several trades including watch repair and serving overseas in the U.S. Army, he pursued his post-secondary education, receiving both his undergraduate and Master of Education degrees from Bridgewater State University (originally Bridgewater State Teachers College). He continued his further education, earning his degree of Doctor of Education from Boston University in 1966 while working full time and throughout the summers conducting research grants and fellowships at various universities including Cornell, Tufts, BU, Brown, and Northeastern. In June 1959 he married the love of his life, Hilda (Glazer) Lander, who pre-deceased him in May 2019 after nearly sixty years of marriage, and together they began raising their family.
Dr. Lander began his teaching career with the Avon, Massachusetts public school system in 1957 as the Head of the Science Department and taught chemistry, physics, and mathematics. After several years he became the curriculum coordinator, acting principal of Avon High School, and ultimately Superintendent of Schools until 1972 when he accepted an appointment as associate professor at Bridgewater State University. He remained at BSU for the next 20 years of his academic career becoming a full professor and Chairman of the Department of Instructional Media and Library Science until his retirement in 1992.
He was a very humble and kind man who, although reserved, greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He had many interests including travel, working outdoors, fitness and exercise, fixing things, dining out, and attending theater, movies, and concerts.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.
Due to the current health crisis, funeral services are private