, Port Arthur, Texas

Port Arthur

July 1, 2006

Alexander serves local children

PORT ARTHUR — When Glen Alexander, 60, was a child he used to drive by 2128 Procter St. and wish he could convert the odd-shaped building into a playhouse.

Little did he know then he would one day be a pediatric nurse practitioner and run his Children’s Health Center out of the building, carrying a case load of over 1,000 children and treating about 350 of them there monthly.

Nurse practitioners have advanced training — below the level of a doctor — which allows them to cross a “gray-line” and treat common problems such as sore throats and come up with the same outcomes. For more serious problems, they refer their patients to doctors, he said.

Alexander, a native of Port Arthur who graduated from high school the year former president John F. Kennedy was assassinated, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Prairie View A and M in 1969 and has occupied a number of positions, which eventually led him to his current job.

He was almost drafted by the Army in 1969 at the tail end of the Vietnam War, but enlisted as an airman in the Air Force instead. Later, after a visiting general saw Alexander was running a lab for the military in upstate New York, he received a presidential commission as a second lieutenant and worked as a social psychologist for the Air Force.

After his tour in the Air Force ended, Alexander returned to Port Arthur and was working for the old Gulf Oil refinery company when someone brought in a catalog for the nursing program at Prairie View A and M. Two years later, he completed the program.

Later, Alexander worked for the Port Arthur school district and became the nursing director for city of Port Arthur’s Department of Health — a position his wife Yoshi now occupies. And from 1990-1991, he attended the Dallas campus of Texas Woman’s University to become a nurse practitioner.

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