Alex J. Cade Ph.D.

December 31, 1928August 7, 2013
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Dr. Alex James Cade of East Lansing, died on August 7, 2013 after a long illness. Dr. Cade was born in Louise, Mississippi to William and Mattie Cade, one of 8 children. He received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University in 1953, a Masters in Psychology from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in education in 1963 from Michigan State University. He became a faculty member in the department of Psychology at Michigan State University in 1963, becoming a full professor within 8 years. He was instrumental in starting the Upward Bound program at Michigan State University, a program which introduced disadvantaged youth to the college experience and encouraged them to explore their academic and career possibilities. He was a co-founder and teacher at the Justin Morrill College at the University, the precursor of the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. He retired from Michigan State in 1985. In addition, Dr. Cade was in private practice, providing mental health services for over 40 years. His teaching experiences ranged from teaching 8th grade students in Mississippi in the 50’s to teaching undergraduate and graduate students at MSU for over 20 years. He was active in his church on both local and national levels. Dr. Cade is survived by his wife of 62 years, Juanita; his brothers Laverne (known as Limmie) and Frank; his sisters Lillie and Ruby; his children Bonita (Charles White) and Icy (Marvin Bell) and Mark; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at First Christian Church, 1001 Chester Rd., Lansing, MI with the Rev. Dr. Rick Boyd officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 13, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing and 1 hour prior to the service at church. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 or to the church in memory of Alex. On line condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Alex J. Cade Ph.D.

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Valeisa Taylor

August 23, 2013

What a great man! It's an honor to be related. Although we didnt connect regularly, the times we did were special. You will be missed. Strength and love to my aunt, cousins and all the people your life has touched.

Terry Johnson

August 15, 2013

Meeting Dr. Cade and attending Upward Bound was a pivotal moment in my life. For me he created a place and time that sparked intellectual curiosity that still burns and friendships that are warm and fresh to this very day.

Christina McAlvey

August 14, 2013

It was an honor to attend Doc Cade's memorial service today. I will miss seeing him at church in a huge huge way, he was always lovely to talk with. He always made me smile. A good good man. Mark his son singing for his Dad was was so beautifully heart felt. I wish the Cade family. Strength, Comfort and Love. I am so sorry for your loss. God be with you.

August 14, 2013

Dr. Cade's early contributions to the Upward Bound program at Michigan State University are greatly appreciated and remembered. May his family find peace in knowing that he lives on through his many contributions to society.

Lee N. June
Michigan State University

Brenda Etheridge

August 13, 2013

Dear Cade family, you have lost a loved one, but the world has lost a great man. I knew Alex for his devoted work for his church and his God. I pray that you will be sustained by the hope that he believed in and by precious and dear memories.

Priscilla, Norbert & Jennifer Demers

August 13, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to the Cade family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God's peace and love comfort you and accompany each of you as you begin your "journey through grief".

August 13, 2013

Thinking of you, I can imagine how proud your Dad is of you and how much he loves you. Bart E.

Cindy Suehr

August 13, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all right now. So sorry for your loss. God Bless.

Isaac Daniel

August 13, 2013

Aunt Juanita! You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord God bless every memory. May he bring you peace, comfort and strength in the days and months to come.

Melissa & Patricia Wiegand

August 12, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so sorry for your loss.