F. Knight Alexander MD

March 14, 1935February 14, 2013

Fay Knight Alexander Jr. MD, of Marblehead and Captiva FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 14, 2013. He was born in Philadelphia on March 14, 1935, the son of Fay K. Alexander MD and Leone Furtney Alexander. He attended Germantown Friends School from K- 12th grade, and graduated in 1953 as President of the Student Council. He attended Princeton University and graduated in 1957 with a BA in European Civilization. Knight earned his MBA from Wharton School and worked in business until he changed career paths and found his true calling in medicine. Dr. Alexander attended Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel) and received his MD in 1964. He moved to the Boston area for internship and residency training in radiology at Mt Auburn Hospital and received a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology in 1969. He became a Captain with the 102nd Massachusetts Air National Guard Tactical Hospital during the Viet Nam War. Dr. Alexander worked in academic medicine as a radiologist at Tufts New England Medical Center and then, retaining a Tufts appointment as clinical instructor in radiology, he moved into a group practice at North Shore Medical Center (Salem Hospital) eventually becoming Associate Chief of Radiology. He spent the next 30 years at NSMC and by his own words “enjoyed an exciting career during a time of extraordinary advances the field, practicing medicine with a sophisticated and congenial group of men and women.” In retirement, he stayed current in his field and lunched socially with a retired physicians group.

Knight pursued many interests and activities outside of the hospital. He read constantly and enjoyed discourse on many subjects. He was an active conservationist and passionate naturalist. He loved science and history, and closely followed current events. He enjoyed many types of music, attended and supported Handel and Haydyn Society Concerts and sang yearly with the Festival Chorus at Old North Church in Marblehead. Knight participated in many recreational activities and spent the summers of his youth camping with his family in the Tetons of Wyoming. He loved to bike, ski and golf. He played paddle tennis and was a runner. In retirement, he walked at dawn with friends every day. Knight spent as much time as possible on the water and he and his wife Marge spent many summers racing, first on their one-design lightning and later on their sloop which they cruised and raced up and down the New England coast. Dr. Alexander was a member of Eastern Yacht Club, Tedesco Country Club, Mass Audubon, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, R.O.M.E.O.S. and many humanitarian and conservation organizations which he supported over the years.

Dr. Alexander was pre-deceased by his parents and by a son, Fay Knight Alexander III. He leaves his loving wife of 55 years, Marjorie (Adams) Alexander, his children, a son Geoffrey and his wife Lindsay, his daughters Elizabeth and Cynthia, five grandchildren, Mariah, William, Fred, Curtis, and Garrett, his brother William and his wife Julie, their son Daniel, cousins Janet, Judy, Leone, and so many friends and colleagues who knew Knight to be a true gentleman and a considerate friend. Following private services, internment will be at Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Handel and Hayden Society, 300 Massachusetts Ave. Boston, MA 02115, Mass Audubon, 208 S Great Rd. Lincoln, MA 01773 or The Trustees of Reservations Advancement Office, 572 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915. Arrangements by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead.


  • Private services will be held followed by interment in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead.

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Ronald Borden

March 15, 2013


I am so sorry to hear of your lost. God bless all of you.

Andrew Rodger

March 11, 2013

Knight was a wonderful person, friend, singing partner, and a competitive Paddle Tennis player! What an honor and pleasure to have known you. God bless you and your wonderful family.

March 4, 2013

To Knght's family,

It was my privege to know and play golf with Knight.
Always a true gentlemen and fun to golf with. I'll miss him walking Spiniker in front of our house, 310 Ocean Ave. Debbie, Ted and I offer my sincere condolences. Frank Martin

Ginny Busser Rynning

March 3, 2013

Knight and I were classmates from 1940. He was very much
part of my GFS life. I will miss him. Ginny Busser Rynning

Ed Krukonis

March 2, 2013

Dear Marge:
So sorry to hear of Knight's passing.
I've known him as a fine gentleman, radiologist and colleague for 45 years. He and I joined the Salem Hospital Medical Staff in the late 60's and we collaborated on many Radiology/Pathology presentations to the Medical Staff.
In the early years it was not unusual for the Drs. and wives of our 2 departments to meet at a member's home to socialize outside the hospital environs forming bonds of friendship lasting many years.
When we retired, Knight and 4-5 of us would go out to lunch every month or so. This was the beginning of the RODELOWs who continue the lunches to this day.
Knight will be missed by all who knew him.

Biff Michaud

March 1, 2013

I've known Knight for 30+ years, we shared many interests, I am shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. We have all lost a true friend and a real gentleman. My heart goes out to his family.

Susan Clark

February 27, 2013

I only knew Knight to say hello to while he was walking with his dear friends in the early morning hours. Always a beautiful smile and such a kind way about him. My thoughts and prayers are with Knight and his family.

Rich Deering

February 27, 2013

A true gentleman: kind, generous, warm and always reaching out to help others! I feel blessed to have his beloved grandsons as part of our collective camp family.....and their wonderful parents as dear friends! Knight and Marge - thanks for sharing your most precious treasures with me. Bless all of you !

Bob Lloyd

February 26, 2013

Marge and Family,
We will all miss Knight. Please know that our sympathy and prayers are with you. All your friends at the Beach Cottages send their sympathy.
Carol and Bob Lloyd, and Suzanne Lloyd Chashi

February 25, 2013

Dear Margie
So sorry to know about Knight. He was truly a scholar and a gentlemen. We will all miss him so much.

Love Nancy (bishop)