In Memoriam - Alexander Haig YHS '70

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Alexander Patrick Haig, 70, a longtime resident of Northern Virginia, passed away on January 3, 2023.

Mr. Haig, who was known as Alex, was born on April 9, 1952, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was the eldest son of former U.S. Secretary of State, General Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr. and Patricia Fox Haig. During his childhood, he lived on a variety of military posts in the U.S. and abroad as his father’s career progressed within the Army.

After returning to the Northern Virginia area with his family, he graduated from Yorktown High School in Arlington in 1970. He went on to graduate from Georgetown University in 1974, with a double major in history and philosophy. While at Georgetown, he played on the soccer and lacrosse teams, serving as the lacrosse team captain in 1973 and 1974.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Georgetown, he entered Georgetown Law School where he obtained a J.D. in 1977. This marked the beginning of a legal and business career that spanned over four decades.

In 1977, he married Wendy Ann White, of New Canaan, Connecticut. The couple went on to have four sons, Alex Jr., Christopher, William, and Peter, whom they raised in Northern Virginia.Mr. Haig began his career as an attorney at the Department of Energy in the late 1970s. He left government service in the early 1980s and transitioned into private practice at the global law firm of Finley, Kumble. In 1984, he was promoted to partner at Finley, Kumble with a focus on international law. In 1988, he transitioned from private law practice to work closely alongside his father as a Managing Director at Worldwide Associates, an international strategic and advisory firm.

Mr. Haig spent the next 30-plus years at Worldwide Associates, travelling the globe advising clients on a wide variety of projects spanning across aerospace, pharmaceutical, technology, and shipping industries. He was eventually joined at Worldwide Associates by his son Christopher. Worldwide Associates provided advisory services to dozens of multinational companies such as America Online, Inc, and China Ocean Shipping Corporation (COSCO).

Additionally, he served in senior positions in multiple companies including President of US-CIS Ventures (1992-1996) and CEO of Sky Station International Inc. (1999-2002). He also served on multiple corporate boards, including Chairman of the Board of DOR BioPharma, Inc. (2005-6).

Mr. Haig enjoyed reading history books, playing the guitar, travelling, cars, attending Georgetown soccer and lacrosse games, and spending time with his family. He loved discussing current events and never heard a political conversation that he did not have an opinion on.