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Friday, October 13, 1995 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Lewan Alexander, Shakespearean Actor

During his three years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, LeWan Alexander was a big-framed, booming-voiced actor who filled some big roles - including Shakespeare's "Othello," Bynum Walker in "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and, earlier this season, Orsino in "Twelfth Night."

Alexander worked on the stage right up until the time this summer when his bout with AIDS made it impossible for him to continue.

With family and friends close by, he died at his Ashland, Ore., home Monday of complications from AIDS. He was 35.

The Kansas native's theatrical credits also included stints at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

In addition, he was an active participant in the education outreach programs at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

A memorial service for Alexander was held in Ashland yesterday.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Rex Rabold Memorial fund at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, P.O. Box 158, Ashland, OR 97520.

Copyright (c) 1995 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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