OBITUARY

Eugene J. Alpert

August 6, 1948October 9, 2020

Gene was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Westhampton Beach, New York. He received his PhD from Michigan State University. He became involved with experiential education in the late 1970's while he was teaching at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. He understood the value of a college internship experience and promoted a program on campus through The Washington Center. He continued to be involved with The Washington Center until he retired. His signature program was the on-site national political convention programs which he ran every four years from 1984-2012. This allowed over 2500 students and faculty to experience these special historical events from an academic perspective.

Most recently, he joined the Osgood Center for International Studies, a nonprofit organization that arranges short-term academic programs for colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He also co-founded a business, called ULodging, which is an online platform that allows colleges and universities with experiential education programs to find and fill available student housing anywhere in the world.

He is also remembered for his love of travel, the Motown sound and genealogy. He is survived by his son Glenn, his sister Cynthia and brother Bruce. He will be greatly missed.

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Martin Yesowitch

October 24, 2020

I grew up with Eugene as one of my big cousins.
He was always such a pleasant person. His love of Motown music opened a new world!
I attended his wedding with Heidi up in Rochester and now have lived in the Rochester area for many years.
Over the last few years, I spoke with Gene many times. His love of genealogy kept us close as he sent pictures and stories of our ancestors and other relatives around the globe.
Aunt Esther And Uncle Ted were so proud of their three kids.
I will certainly miss my big cousin!

Francine Blume

October 20, 2020

What a kind soul. He was my first grown up boss at TWC. I learned so much from him. He treated everyone with respect and dignity and thanked each of his entire staff Individually for their contributions before he went home for the night. I’m pretty sure he lived on Swedish Fish candy. I’m sorry I didn’t get to hug him and thank him one last time.

Frank Barning

October 18, 2020

Gene was a special person in our life. Often a guest in our home. he was always welcome by his cousin Vivian and myself.

Diane Snow

October 17, 2020

Gene was a unique and extraordinary person, and a cherished colleague. From our first meeting at a professional conference to my last joyful interaction, teaching with him, Gene was always a total delight - patient, kind, helpful, generous and oh so knowledgeable! I learned so much from him as we taught a month-long course together in Washington D.C., his region of expertise. His commitment to students was unsurpassed. I will miss his friendship and wise words greatly. My sympathies to his family, who I never had the pleasure of meeting, but he spoke so highly of you. I wish you strength and endless, wonderful memories.

Loretta Goodwin

October 17, 2020

I have always contended that my job at The Washington Center was the best one I've ever had - and that was in large part due to the mentorship and guidance of Gene Alpert. My sincere condolences to his family on his passing.
Gene provided me with guidance and advice - during my very first job, and in the many years that followed. Every time I moved on to the next step in my career, I consulted Gene, and he was always willing to get together for lunch. I deeply valued his thoughtful advice and kind counsel. He truly cared about his staff and students. He will be greatly missed.

Carola Pedreschi

October 16, 2020

I had the joy and honor of meeting Dr. Albert as a faculty leader for the Honors College at Miami Dade College. I will always remember his first class diplomacy, warmth, and calm demeanors as I guided my students through a high impact, intense and brilliant seminar. I hope he knew the extent of his legacy.

Forever grateful,

Carola Pedreschi

Psychology
Education for Sustainability
Civic Engagement and Responsibility

Glenn Alpert

October 15, 2020

Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for gathering here today to honor my father, Eugene Alpert.

We all have some great memories to share of him, and each of us were a part of his life in a unique way.
He had a positive influence on so many people in different spheres of life.

Through his decades of teaching, mentoring, and advising students, he had such a meaningful impact on everyone he interacted with.

He advised, counseled, and guided many young people seeking careers in Washington or in public service.

Words of advice he used to give to students and aspiring young professionals - "you only get one chance to make a good first impression" and "you can never over dress in Washington".
Heeding his advice, many of these students from the early days of his career are now senior officials in their organizations, many more are working their way up the ladder in government, politics, media, journalism, international affairs, national security, academia, and many other Washington DC-centric career fields.

Through his organizing of academic seminars - conventions and programs based in DC, he helped provide many students with a taste of the inner workings of US government, politics, and public affairs.

For these programs, many late nights were spent printing out labels, ID cards, itineraries, and copies of conference agendas.
Even with all of the preparation, he would always be aware of "Murphy's Law - if something can go wrong, it will"

Glenn Alpert

October 15, 2020

We always enjoyed seeing photos of the sights and places he would visit during his travels, and the cuisine he sampled and enjoyed along the way.

One of his top destinations was Germany - one of his favorite political quotes was from John F Kennedy, 1963 during a speech in West Berlin during the Cold War "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" - I am a Berliner (the equivalent of I am a New Yorker). A Berliner being a popular local pastry, Kennedy had just announced to the world that he was, in fact, a Jelly Doughnut.

What some of you may not know is that he was also a computer and technology enthusiast. The computer was so much better than a typewriter, and he always would get up to speed as quickly as possible on any new word processing program (modern programs such as word perfect and Clip Art!) or any new method of saving files on floppy disks, CDs, zip drives, and eventually portable hard drives.

This multiplied his productivity and enabled him to take on more work, archive more files, work longer hours when it was necessary, and do more for TCU and TWC when he needed to. During seminar or internship season, he made personal time sacrifices to write documents, proposals, surveys, and everything that needed to be done on deadline.

He was also the proud owner of an Atari system, and from what I have heard, enjoyed classic games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and PONG. Over the years, we went through an Apple IIe, Tandy, Gateway 2000, and eventually into the modern computing era with an early version of Microsoft Windows.

Going into his office at TCU or TWC and using his work computer, I sometimes occupied myself with a game of Tetris, 3D Tic Tac Toe, Hangman, Minesweeper, Solitaire, Hearts, Mahjong - (what were all of those games doing on his computer?) Or, I would just zone out and pass the time admiring the screen savers... all while enjoying the M&M's that were actually meant for people he had appointments with during the day. They were too hard to resist!

Glenn Alpert

October 15, 2020

Through his broad range of world traveling, he visited more countries than can be counted, and collected many a souvenir from every corner of Europe. There must have been something about Swedish candy! As soon as we'd go through it, our stockpile would be replenished on his very next trip!

Always following the latest trends, over the years he made the switch from slide casings to color photographs to digital. This way he did not have to worry about a camera lens breaking, the camera getting wet, or running out of film in the middle of a trip!

Who would have thought that he would go onto accomplish so many great things and have such an influence on so many people?
Starting off college as a chemistry major at University of Rochester, he soon found his calling in the field of political science and earned a Ph.D in the field- no small feat!

In elementary school, when other kids asked what my father did for a living, I always said "My dad is a scientist! A political scientist!"
When you have thank-you letters from more than one former president, and have significant air time in multiple videos in the online archive of C-SPAN, you've really made it!

All of us are so proud of everything you accomplished, in your career and outside of it - as a mentor, professor, leader, and as a dear friend to so many.

What I am most proud of is your accomplishments as a father - mainly, that you raised me to be to become the person I am today.

Glenn Alpert

October 15, 2020

You set an example that is impossible to follow behind - but you also believed that everyone needs to carve their own individual path forward, just like an intern starting out in DC and working their way up - finding their career niche and specialization through hard work, exploration, sometimes taking a risk, sometimes playing it safe, some trial and error, perseverance, and on occasion a little bit of luck.

But, they say that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. You definitely prepared me to handle the challenges and ups and downs of life, so when opportunities came along, I was ready through prior preparation.

I truly thank for your that, and I believe that one of your legacies should be the passing of this mindset onto young people in a stage of their life where they are seeking guidance and mentorship.

I want to thank you for everything you did for me, our immediate and extended family, your professional colleagues, your many friends, former students and interns, and those whom you met through your interests and hobbies.

You made a positive impact on everyone whose lives you touched. You were also the best father a son could ever hope for.
We love you and we will always remember you - you will always be with us and we will always be with you. Shalom.

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