A graduate of North Texas Agricultural College, Stamatios Gus Alexander Sr. was commissioned in the Army Air Corps. There, he commanded the sister squadron of actor Jimmy Stewart. In 1983, Alexander established a special legacy at UTA: He donated part of his extensive collection of old military swords and sabers—13 in total—to the Department of Military Science. The oldest, a U.S. artillery officer's saber, is dated circa 1805-20. Among the newest is a cavalry officer's saber, circa 1871-1902.