Gough Alexander Jr.

Gough H. Alexander, Jr.

Gough H. Alexander, Jr., 86, of Dallas, passed away on August 23, 2020.

He graduated from Terrell High School in Terrell, TX in 1951.  He entered service in the U. S. Army in 1954, received training as a Medical Laboratory Technician at Medical Field Services School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.  He was stationed at Camp Chafee, Arkansas and was honorably discharged in 1956.  From 1956 to 1962, he served as a Medical Laboratory Technician at the Veterans Administration Hospitals in McKinney, Dallas and Alexander Hospital in Terrell.  In his youth he gained the rank of Eagle Scout. 

He returned to college in 1962 and in January 1965, he graduated with honors from North Texas State University with a B.B.A. degree with a major in Accounting.  He commenced his work career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in their New Orleans office.  Upon completion of two years of service with the firm, he was awarded his CPA certificate in April 1967.

His career was marked by stints as Controller and Chief Financial Officer of Alexander Hospital and Alexander Nursing Home in Terrell, Audit Manager with Arthur Andersen, Accounting Manager for InterFirst Corporation, owner of his own accounting practice and, finally as Senior Associate with Grant Thornton in their Dallas office.  He retired from public accounting in 2012.

In retirement, he and his wife Betty traveled extensively and, in particular, to Alaska – driving the Alaska Highway twice and cruising there many times.  Their travel also included a trip to London, sailing through the Panama Canal and visiting many of the U. S. National State Parks. 

He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Betty; Gough is survived by sisters Judy Alexander and Viv Ann Blair; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Sheila Alexander; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Nancy Alexander; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Melvin Purvis, Jr.; grandson and wife, Ryan and Denise Alexander; many nieces and nephews.  

Graveside service will be held 11 AM on Friday, August 28, 2020 at College Mound Cemetery, Terrell, Texas.  

The family of Gough wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Vitas Hospice.