But Alan's contributions to Barron's, and to financial journalism, go beyond his marvelous column. During his career, Alan trained dozens of journalists to be skeptical, to be exacting, to help average investors, and to be on the lookout for Wall Street's crooks.
One of the unique things about Alan was that his keen knowledge of Wall Street was matched by his love of artful writing.
Before Alan began his newspaper career in 1947, he earned a bachelor's degree in English and Chemistry from The City College of New York and a master's degree from the prestigious Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, which counts among its alumni Flannery O'Connor, Jane Smiley and John Irving.
Alan arrived at Barron's in 1956 and began writing his column in 1966.
Alan wrote his column, week in and week out, always with gracious prose, sharp insights and a hilarious sense of humor.