Lavinia Alexander, who succeeded long-time Baltimore City Circuit Court clerk Frank Conaway Sr. after his passing in 2015, died Nov. 8 of a heart attack at Sinai Hospital at age 62, according to media reports.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Clerk, Lavinia Alexander. (Courtesy Photo)

“We are profoundly saddened by the untimely death of our clerk of court,” said W. Michel Pierson, administrative judge for the Circuit Court, who further praised the Northwest Baltimore resident for her “professionalism” and “considerable knowledge of court operations,” in a statement to the press.

Before she was appointed to the position of clerk of courts, Alexander served as chief deputy clerk under Conaway for more than 14 years. Before that, she spent more than two decades in the financial industry, including stints as a loan acquisitions officer for Signet Bank and as manager of corporate customer relations for Explore, Inc., a national educational enrichment program for youth.

“The Baltimore City Circuit Court is the busiest in the state, particularly the criminal docket,” Pierson said at the time of Alexander’s appointment. “It is essential to maintain the efficiency of this high functioning, high-traffic court. Ms. Alexander is uniquely and eminently qualified for this position, having extensive experience and expertise in managing the services the Clerk’s Office provides.”

Chief Deputy Clerk Marilyn Bentley will serve as acting clerk.

A native Baltimorean, Alexander matriculated at Edmondson High School, Morgan State University, the American Banking Institute and the National Center for State Court’s Institute for Court Management.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Alexander is survived by her husband, Curtis Alexander and daughter, Kristal Pickett; parents, Robert Wyatt and Clementine Watkins; three brothers, Wayne Wyatt, William Wyatt and Wesley Wyatt; and two sisters, Veronica Barnes and Sharon Myles, all of Baltimore.

Zenitha Prince

Special to the AFRO