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Alex, I think of you often and still cannot believe that you are no longer with us. I know your spirit lives on in all of us and though that gives me comfort, I still miss you. Thinking of you, Alex, and your family during this holiday season and wishing, as I know they do as well, that we could squeeze you one more time and tell you how much you are loved. Maasry family...sending you so many hugs and so much love every day but especially over the holidays.
Deeply saddened for the loss of a great man who's a board member, a mentor and a friend.
Thinking of you man. You are missed dearly.
Hi Alex, I was just thinking about you. I miss you.
Thinking about your amazing legacy of life and love, and missing you all over again. Repost from FB on July 24, 2017: Alex Maasry you were one of the most extraordinary people i've ever known -- genius polymath, perpetual optimist, global citizen, world-class athlete, and kindest of souls. You found the good in everybody and as a result, built hundreds of deep friendships spanning decades and many cities. I stand alongside so many others who have no words to describe the devastating and irreplaceable loss of your contagious energy, perpetual impetus to costumes, headstands and dance-offs, your boundless intellect, wisdom and warmth, and your unparalleled generosity of spirit. To the very end of your battle with advanced brain cancer, you exuded bravery that will inspire me forever. As I fought futilely to hold back my own tears of love and unfairness on your birthday a couple months back, you showed your characteristic impossible strength, gratitude and magnanimity in saying to me: "I'm as disappointed as anyone, but in the end I already won the lottery of life. I wasn't born a refugee in Syria or any of the many other places where billions of people still suffer daily. Instead I lived fully in a free prosperous country, close with a family i love, alongside so many incredible people and through so many adventures. I did more in my life than most will ever get to dream. I'm just going to have to Braveheart this thing." I will love and miss you forever, and i'm so grateful for your invaluable friendship of ~15 years. You taught me so much about life, the world and the human spirit. My deepest condolences to all of Alex's family and many close friends. I look forward to all of our efforts to celebrate his life and to ensure his brilliant legacies in work, love and fun, all live on. And Godspeed to the thousands of brilliant scientist and physician colleagues from academia and industry who continue their hard work year-round so that we may learn how to turn this dreadful class of disease into a curable one.
I am so sad to hear this news. I hadn't seen Alex since high school, but I will always remember what a great person he was. I will remember his incredible intelligence, great athleticism, and sense of humor, but mostly the kindness and generosity with which he treated everyone.
My deepest sympathies and condolences to Alex's family. He was such a bright light in my life at Penn and in SF. I know his glow will continue to radiate around his many communities for a long long time. I've been trying to compose my thoughts on what he meant to me, and it's been difficult to find appropriate words. The other day I thought of a memory with Maas that summed up the way I'll remember him. One night (2007 I think) we were out at a bar in SF and I jokingly complained to him that not knowing how to drive a stick-shift car was one of my great failings as a person. The next morning he showed up at my house at 8am, and told me he was going to teach me how to drive stick. We drove down to Sports Basement and he proceeded to (very patiently) spend an hour or two teaching me to drive his turbo Subaru around their big parking lot. Such a great memory of a person who was always committed to helping and teaching others, no matter how small or trivial their need. He always showed up for people -- with a big smile on his face. I'm cherishing his memory and sending lots of love to his family today and always.
Although he likely did not realize the large impact he had on my professional development, Alex in many ways was my work guardian angel. Alex discovered me as a researcher, developed me, helped me to get into business school, and helped me to get a better job. Without Alex, I would not be where I am today. I am profoundly affected by not just how much he did for me, but also by the way that he voluntarily paid this sort of kindness forward. As I start again at work this week, I hope to make him proud.
I had the pleasure of working with Alex on a project that my think tank did with McKinsey & Co and what struck me in addition to his clearly prodigious intellect is how friendly he was and how caring for the needs of others. Gone too soon.
I met Alex at an Org ITP training and he struck me as being a deeply compassionate person who really cared about the world and everyone in it. He touched a lot of people with his generous spirit and will be missed.
to the Maasry family and all of Alex's loved ones - I am so sorry for our loss. I met Alex at the GSB and am thankful to have known him. His sense of humor and smile were infectious, and his memory lives on. -Grace
Alex was loved in Sacramento. Always enthusiastic, generous with ideas, committed to improving public service. Really found the joy in serving others. He’d grown into such a wonderful man.
Alex, what a great privilege it was to learn and grow with you at St. Albans. You were a big part of what made our class special. To George and family, my thoughts are with you.
I am still feeling so utterly heartbroken about Alex. The world is worse off without him, but better for having had him in it. My memories of Alex are all of his smile, big ideas, collaborative nature, and inability to accept no as an answer. This one time, Alex had a vision for what providing employees benefits SHOULD look like. He brought together bunch of experts and random folks from across McKinsey - people with wildly different views and opinions and pretty much forced us all to play nice and talk about his vision. We started with only one thing in common - we all liked and respected Alex - and we left with some pretty cool ideas and a plan. He just did thing like that, it is the kind of person Alex will always be remembered as. My heart and love go out to the Maasry family and all of Alex's loved ones.
It has taken me a bit of time to collect my thoughts on Alex as I wa so sad. I had the honor of knowing Alex as I led McKinsey's public sector practice in the Americas. There are many things I could say about him but there are three things that stand out and I hope will remind all of us how to better live our lives. First, Alex genuinely cared about making a difference. On a weekend where we witnessed hatred and violence I am struck by how Alex might have responded. He would not have just talked about it or given money to a cause but he would have personally tried to figure out how to make a difference in the communities in which he was involved. We should all try to do something. He used to say to me: "I may not change the world but I think I can change a corner of the world." The second thing that stood out to me about Alex was his huge heart and his willingness to collaborate with others. In a world where success has many parents and failure is an orphan, Alex would always give credit to others when things went well and take the blame when they did not. That is true collaboration. I will however point out that I give credit to Alex for making the public sector a success.... he did well more than his fair share. Finally, I just want to say he was a genuinely nice guy. I liked him a lot. I feel lucky I got to know him just a bit. His last email to me was kind -- thanking me for helping him while he was out. I thank him for being such an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with those who knew him best.
I was not fortunate enough to get to know Alex in person, but being a good friend of Caesar I heard a lot about Alex over the years and wanted to take this opportunity to express my deepest condolences to the whole Maasry family. Anand
I was introduced to Alex by my daughter, Samantha, and her boyfriend, now husband, Darren. The three of them were great friends, and I got to be part of their fun from time to time. One of my fondest memories of Alex is when I invited him to join my table at the Opening Gala of the San Francisco Ballet. He was dashing and sophisticated in his tuxedo, and he immediately charmed all my friends. He was quite taken by the beauty of the Opera House, the performance and how much fun he had getting to know so many new people. Whenever I saw him after that night, he would always talk about the magic of that evening. He always made me so happy with his warm memories of the whole event. He truly was a very special man. My thoughts and love go out to all of Alex's family and friends. Carolyn
Our deepest condolences and sympathy go out to the Maasry family. Alex was the best friend and next door neighbor Marti and I could have ever dreamed of having for the last three years. We will forever cherish our fun & spirited conversations. Alex made our lives better just by being in it. Getting to know the Maasry family over the last few months has been an additional gift to us......we can see where passion, purpose, a deep keel and sense of humor run in the family.
August 7, 2017 Observing Alex's heart, determination, and skills on the soccer pitch (unfortunately, he was usually on the opposing team), and his extraordinary camaraderie off the field, we could already see that he was a very special person with a brilliant future. We are deeply sorry for this loss to the world, and we send our sincere sympathy to the family and his many friends, colleagues, and admirers. The Elsbree family
My heart goes out to the Maasry family. I remember Alex as a St Alban's boy. How adorable, friendly and sweet he was with a twinkle in his eye! Although I have not seen him in a long time I'm sure he brought all of these qualities to everything he did and everyone he knew. How proud you must be of the career path he took...caring as always. I am so sorry and will carry your family in my heart. Sincerely and always, Kathy Fisher ( Alex Fisher's mom)