Douglas D. Alder



(historian, educator, author)


Douglas D. Alder received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Utah in 1957 and 1959. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Oregon in 1966 after doing research for his dissertation on a Fullbright Fellowship in Vienna, Austria.

Professor Alder taught European History at Utah State University from 1963 to 1986.

Dr. Alder was appointed president of Dixie State College in 1986 and served in that capacity until 1993. He remained at Dixie after his presidency, teaching history full-time until 1999. From 2002 to 2009 he was an adjunct professor there. Since then, he has been doing historical research and writing.

Dr. Alder was president of the Washington County Historical Society from 1993 to 1994.

Doug is married to Elaine Reiser. They have four grown children, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.



A Century of Dixie State College, 1911-2011
By Douglas D. Alder, Ph.D.
Published by Dixie State College
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A History of Washington County From Isolation to Destination
By Douglas D. Alder and Karl F. Brooks
Utah Centenial County History Series
Published by the Zion National History Association
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A Utah Life: Autobiography of Douglas D. Alder, Ph.D.
By Douglas D. Alder
Published by the Tonaquint Press,   2012
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All That Was Promised: The St. George Temple and the Unfolding of the Restoration
By Blaine M. Yorgason, Richard A. Schmutz, and Douglas D. Alder
Published by Deseret Book,   March 1, 2013
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Dixie Saints: Laborers in the Field
By Douglas D. Alder
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History of Health Care
By Douglas D. Alder, Ph.D.
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Honoring Juanita Brooks: A Compilation of 30 Annual Presentations from the Juanita Brooks Lecture Series
Compiled by Douglas D. Alder, Ph.D.
Published by the Dixie State University Press,   November 2014
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Sons of Bear Lake: A Novel
By Douglas D. Alder
Published by the Cedar Fort,   October 25, 2002


A Century of Dixie State College of Utah
28th Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture
By Dr. Douglas D. Alder
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