To honor the memory of one of Blair’s finest young alumni, Alexander Roberts ’18, and continue his passion and service, The Alexander “ARob” Roberts Award for Spirit and The Alexander “ARob” Roberts Forum on Holocaust Education have been established along with a memorial bench placed between Mason and Freeman Halls, overlooking Marcial Field. Alexander was a beloved Blair Buc and proud member of the Class of 2018, known affectionately as “ARob” during his four years at Blair. He was a football player, basketball manager and a Blair Academy Player. Alex left his mark on Blair’s campus, leading the Jewish Student Union and a trip to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with understanding, empathy and acceptance. He will be remembered for his kindness, positivity and true Blair spirit.
In Alex’s memory, The Alexander “ARob” Roberts Award for Spirit is awarded annually to a member of the rising senior class who embodies his characteristics. Like ARob, the students selected fully immerse themselves in all that Blair has to offer and are distinguished by their character. They are known to be compassionate, humble, innately curious, passionate and committed to Blair. Among both faculty and students alike, the recipients are described as unifiers on Blair’s campus both on and off the field and in and out of the classroom. The students are people who bring out the best in those they surround and will leave an indelible mark on the Blair community with an impact as large as the hearts and minds of those they have touched. The inaugural award was presented May 8 to Luis Jimenez ’24 by science teacher Joe Wagner, Alex’s former advisor.
Besides his passion for Blair, Alex also left his mark in service to the community through Holocaust education. Through his Boy Scout Eagle Service Project, Alex created a permanent memorial and film for survivors and their families to honor Ira Lulinski, a Holocaust survivor Alex knew and loved, and those who perished. Alex said, “I wanted something to teach people young and old about the Holocaust and combat any denial.” To continue his passion and service, The Alexander “ARob” Roberts Forum on Holocaust Education will bring speakers to Blair each year to present on topics relating to the Holocaust.
If you would like to contribute to this fund, please visit www.blair.edu/make-a-gift and designate your gift to The Alexander “ARob” Roberts Award for Spirit or The Alexander “ARob” Roberts Forum on Holocaust Education. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.