Margie Alexander To Be Inducted Into CHS Hall Of Fame
Catholic High School is honored to announce the 2018 induction of Mrs. Margie Alexander into the CHS Hall of Fame. Mrs. Alexander will be inducted at the 34th Annual Hall of Fame Induction and Founders Banquet at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on Dec. 6, 2018.
The Catholic High School Hall of Fame honors those men and women whose commitment and dedication to Catholic High School have been exemplary, and whose lives can be an inspiration to the students of CHS.
Margie Arceneaux Alexander was born in Assumption Parish. She was the daughter of the late Blanche Delaune and Louis L. Arceneaux. Her father managed sugar cane plantations most of his life. At the age of five, the family moved to St. Emma Plantation, three miles south of Donaldsonville, LA. From first through mid-year of the sixth grade, she attended St. Vincent’s Academy in Donaldsonville run by the Sisters of Charity. At the age of 11, the family moved to Smithfield Plantation in West Baton Rouge Parish. She attended Holy Family School in Port Allen, LA and was taught by the Marianites of Holy Cross sisters through eighth grade. She graduated from Port Allen High School in 1959 and was the recipient of The Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award. She served as editor of the school newspaper, business manager of the yearbook, president of FTA, treasurer of FBLA and member of the Beta Club and 4-H. Margie attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (then SLI) in Lafayette, LA, and later attended Louisiana State University.
From 1960 through 1964, she served as secretary to the Secretary of Union National Life Insurance Company. Ironically, writing copy and proofing their Weekly Newsletter, something she still does today in various forms at Catholic High.
In 1964, she married Ralph Alexander. The first years involved several moves around Louisiana. The first to Iowa, LA where Ralph taught school and Margie worked for Boy’s Village. Next, they moved to New Orleans where Margie worked for Pan American Life Insurance Company and then back to the country in West Baton Rouge Parish and a return to Union National Life. During these years, she served as president of the West Baton Rouge Garden Club and Secretary of the West Side Women’s Club. Ralph’s career eventually took the family to Williamsville, NY, in 1972. One of Margie’s proudest achievements was organizing and serving as Chair of a parent volunteer committee of 122 formed to tutor students at Maple West Elementary School in reading. She was elected President of the parent’s organization and served as co-leader of a Brownie Troop and assistant leader of a Girl Scout troop. In 1977, the family moved to Richmond, VA, and in December 1980, they returned home to the country outside of Port Allen.
In August of 1981, Margie went to work for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. She was assistant to the Comptroller and the Vicar for Finance. On June 6, 1985, she began work at Catholic High School as an assistant in the Finance Office. She was named Treasurer in 1987 and 24 years later, she was named Director of Legacy Gifts, and later, Grants Coordinator, CHS Capital Campaign Coordinator and Archivist. She serves as Financial Advisor for the CHS Mothers’ Club. Margie serves on the Investment Committee of the CHS Foundation Board, Budget Committee of the Catholic High School Board and Financial Aid Committee.
Margie is a member of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish and serves on the Social Responsibility Committee as chair of the Bereavement sub-committee and Joseph Home project sub-committee, a group that provides monthly meals for men who have been incarcerated. Margie and Ralph have been married for 54 years and are the proud parents of a daughter, Stephanie Maxwell (David), a 1985 graduate of SJA and a son, David Alexander (Amy), a CHS graduate of 1988. They have five grandchildren to whom she is known as “Maggie” – Alex Maxwell SSC ’12, Madison Maxwell, Logan Maxwell, Ryan Alexander and Charlotte Alexander.