Alan R. Titus ’62

Alan R. Titus ’62 died on January 12, 2012, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Alan R. Titus died January 12, 2012, in Wilmington, Del., of congestive heart failure. As an alumnus, capital campaign leader, Alumni Fund director and chair, and trustee of the College, hechampioned increasing the diversity of the student body, creating opportunities through scholarships, maintaining high standards for the academic program, and improving the campus landscape and facilities. He was born on November 3, 1940, in Providence, R.I., and graduated from Warwick Veterans Memorial High School. At Bowdoin he was a history major, president of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, station manager for WBOR radio for two years, member of Masque and Gown, and an ROTC cadet. Following his graduation, he served in the Army from 1963 to 1965, attained the rank of first lieutenant, and received the Army Commendation Medal. He had a 37-year career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co., holding a number of product management and managerial positions. He studied business management at the Stern School of Business at New York University from 1970 to 1972 before being transferred to Wilmington, Del. His job twice took him to Geneva, Switzerland, first as business director of the Textile Fibers Department and later as vice president and managing director of DuPont’s European nylon business. In the late 1980s he was the worldwide business director of TYVEK, the company’s highest growth business. Under his leadership, DuPont Global Services transformed the company’s centralized staff functions and services into a demand-driven business model that became an industry standard. He retired from DuPont in 2002. At Bowdoin, he held leadership positions in three capital campaigns and was a long-standing member of 1962’s reunion committees. As a young alumnus, he was involved in minority student recruitment with BASIC in the New York City area, and he was an early advocate for seeking superior students nationwide and internationally. He was also president of the Bowdoin Club of Wilmington, Del., in the 1970s. In 1988, he established the Alice G. and Frederick Titus Scholarship Fund in memory of his parents. He served on the Alumni Council and was elected to a three-year term as a director of the Alumni Fund in 1999 and as chair in 2001 and 2002. In 2004 he was elected to the Board of Trustees, where he provided a clear and thoughtful voice on a broad range of issues. He was a member of the Greenville Country Club. An avid and enthusiastic gardener, he took an active and hands-on role in the landscaping of his homes in Chadds Ford and Bermuda, and he served on the Environmental Committee of the National Trust of Bermuda. He also served as development director for Knowledge Quest, an organization that raises scholarship aid for deserving students, and was interim board chairman and development director for the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth–Bermuda. He mentored a young Bermudian student as a Big Brother for many years. He is survived by his wife, Susan Barnes Titus, whom he married in 1969; two daughters, Sara H. Skelly and Alison T. Harden ’97; a brother, Mark S. Titus; and four grandchildren.

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