55, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 18, 2022, with her husband by her side. She was born in Würzburg, Germany to Dr. Norman and Helen Rudolph on April 30, 1967; at that time, his father was a military doctor stationed at the US Army Hospital. In 1969 the family returned to the United States and in 1970 settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island where “Alix” grew up and attended Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA, graduating in 1985. Alix attended Rhode Island College (Providence, RI) and majored in history, a subject that became one of her lifelong passions. She excelled in the history program and was an outstanding student, graduating magna cum laude and winning a history award in her graduating year in 1989. Alix did graduate work in history at the University of Toronto, majoring in English Medieval Peasant History and earned her master’s degree in 1990. Her love of history, reading and education opened the door to a career in highly successful teacher – first as a history teacher in the SUNY-Suffolk (NY) Community College system, where she progressed rapidly, and followed by a faculty position at Alamance Community College (Graham, NC ). Alix had a knack for teaching history in captivating storytelling like fashion and she had a positive impact on the lives of her students, inspiring many to continue in the fields of history and education.
Alexandra met John Roberts in the summer of 1998 and the two were married a year and a day later – on July 24, 1999, by Reverend Jonathan JD Ostman at St. John’s Church in Newport, RI. Alix and John settled in Hillsborough, North Carolina and welcomed the birth of their daughter Alexandra (“Alexa”) Elizabeth Roberts on April 18, 2003. Alix had many varied interests including planting and tending vegetable and flower gardens, volunteering at the Hillsborough Library, gourmet cooking (especially French and German) and playing with and caring for her beloved Siamese cats. From an early age and well into her college years, Alix was active in equestrian sports and competed with her own horse. She loved travel to the North Carolina coast and mountains, especially Bald Head Island and Boone, and looked forward to and enjoyed visits to her home state of Rhode Island. She was blessed throughout her life to have had many close and dear friends and she looked forward to and relished the relaxing evening conversations with Marjorie, Dawn, Nancy, Susan, Jolene, Jennifer, Barbara and many more. ‘others. She has always been an advocate for continuing and higher education and has helped fund and establish several scholarships at Alamance Community College. Alix has also given generously to charities that have supported animal and pet care and education.
Alix is survived by her husband, Dr. John C. Roberts and daughter Alexandra E. Roberts of Hillsborough, NC, her parents, Dr. Norman E. Rudolph and Helen Marie Rudolph of Portsmouth RI, and two brothers, Eric J. Rudolph and his wife Lynn of Portsmouth, RI, and Kurt N. Rudolph and his wife Adeline of Canandaigua, NY. Alix also treasured her nieces and nephews, Max Rudolph, Wil Rudolph and Ava Rudolph of Portsmouth, RI, Erich Rudolph and Adeline Rudolph of Canandaigua, NY, and Carl Roberts of Brooklyn, NY. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Anglican Church, 870 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC (Rev. Robert Hart Rector of the Parish). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the “Zip and Zap” fund (administered by the Piedmont Veterinary Clinic in Hillsborough, NC; https://piedmontvet.com/), or to Alamance Community College ( ACC) Foundation Scholarship (https://www.accfoundation.com/).
Posted on September 14, 2022
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