Sandra Kahn Alpert ’45, who established the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Sandra Kahn Alpert ’45 Visiting Artist Endowed Fund with her husband, Dr. Clement Alpert, died on Sunday, May 17, in Chevy Chase, Md. She was 90.
After graduating in 1945 from what was then Syracuse University’s College of Fine Arts, Alpert returned to her hometown of Washington, D.C., and put her bachelor of fine arts degree in design to good use. She began a career in the commercial arts, with jobs that included creating artwork and advertising layouts for Hahn’s Shoe Stores in D.C. and freelancing for newspapers. She then raised a family of five children with her husband while simultaneously taking graduate art courses at American University. She also developed a lifelong love of painting.
The Alperts established the Sandra Kahn Alpert ’45 Visiting Artist Endowed Fund in 2008 to bring leading artists and designers to campus for the purpose of engaging in direct interaction with students and faculty. The fund was created because of Sandra Alpert’s fondness for SU and her desire to offer students additional opportunities to learn from professional artists and designers. Guests have included Stephen Talasnik, Shimon Attie and Abbas Kiarostami.
A full obituary can be found on the Washington Post’s website.