Charlotte W. Alexander, a short-story writer, poet, book-lover, leader of book discussion groups, gardener, hostess and cook, and unabashed activist for liberal causes died in Newport Beach on Thursday, March 8, 2012. She was 75. The cause of death was heart failure. Charlie, as she was known, is survived by her husband Richard, sons Ethan of San Francisco and Matthew of Costa Rica, sister Pricilla Phillips of Barnstable, Massachusetts and brother Irwin Gordon of Naples, Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport Beach Public Library where Charlie founded, then led a vibrant monthly book discussion group for more than 10 years.