Olivera Alexander Constantine Olivera. Delivered unto this world on March 10, 1916, the oldest of four children, Alex arrived in Minneapolis as a young boy, following his family's move from California. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career that began in art, while attending Vocational H.S. He went on to study engineering at the Dunwoody Institute, earning his degree in industrial engineering. He taught art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and was the curator behind the first public display of the renowned artist, Georgia O'Keefe, at the Walker Art Center. In 1946, at the age of 30, he ran a spirited campaign for Minnesota State Senator. Alex was a pioneer in international business and instrumental in opening up world markets for Minneapolis Moline and Graco, Inc. During his tenure at Graco, he was a recipient of the coveted ``E'' for Export Award. Following his retirement in 1981, Alex returned to his boyhood state of California for a two-year stint as an international marketing consultant, and finally back to Minneapolis, where he earned his Realtor's license. Alex loved to collect art, especially rare books and music, with an eye toward collectibles that often preceded the mainstream. On several occasions, he was invited to display his own art creations at Lund's and other locations around the city. An avid reader, literary historian and linguist, Alex was noted for his affable manner, humor, keen memory, intellect and charisma. At various times in his life, he was a member of the Twin City Society of Engineers, The Masons, B.P.O.E., Moose and Elk Club organizations. Above all, he was a devoted and loving husband to his wife and partner in life of 65 years, Kathryn. A dedicated father and consummate educator to his eight sons and three daughters, he is also survived by his brother, Maximilian and sister, Florentine, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Alex was a true Renaissance man. In his own words, ``The wise man is he who constantly wonders afresh... for the world is always being born anew. If we cannot change the world to suit our ideas, then we can change ourselves to fit the new situation, whatever that may be. To make the most of what we have and go with a happy heart. Then, may Spring come to us at the farthest, in the very end of the harvest.'' His candle went out September 25, 2002. He was 86. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 PM at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Ave S., 952-924-4100. A brief reception for family and friends will follow.

Published on September 27, 2002

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