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University Community Mourns Loss of Alum, Instructor, Non-Profit Leader

By Patty Wetli | December 20, 2012 1:04pm
 Jimmie Alford was considered a pioneer in nonprofit fundraising.
Jimmie Alford was considered a pioneer in nonprofit fundraising.
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North Park University

NORTH PARK — The North Park University community is mourning the loss of one of the institution's most devoted and successful alumni.

Jimmie Alford, 69, died Dec. 18. He was the founder and chairman of the Alford Group, a consulting firm to nonprofits, and was considered a fundraising pioneer.

As executive-in-residence at NPU's School of Business and Nonprofit Management (SBNM), Alford taught graduate courses and workshops. In October, he was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Chicago Better Government Association.

In a statement, Dr. David Parkyn, NPU president, said, "Through his uncompromising care for the well-being of others, Jimmie modeled the mission of North Park University: his life was one of 'significance and service.'"

Alford graduated in 1967 from North Park, a four-year school at 3225 W. Foster Ave., earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University and served on the board of trustees, completing his term in 2010.

A memorial service for Alford is planned for 2 p.m., Saturday, at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple.

He is survived by his wife, Maree Bullock and three children.