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My deepest condolences to Alex’s family for your loss. I’m in the odd position of knowing and working with Alex but never having met him and yet I considered him a caring and valued colleague.
Alex was kind, generous and always there for people. He made you feel part of something bigger even if he had just met you. He lived his life with passion and constant care for others. I am particularly thankful for all his support during my McKinsey tenure, I wouldn't have made it without him. He will be greatly missed yet he left the world a better place, he had such a positive impact in so many people.
Alex was an inspiration and a partner in every sense of the word. Working with him first in China and then in California I relied on his unique combination of humor, smarts, entrepreneurship and passion for making California a better state. Its an incredible loss but he'd want me to just keep going on all the many many initiatives he led. I cant think of Alex without seeing his smile. I'll miss him greatly.
Sending my deepest condolences to Alex's family and friends. Alex - it was an honor to be one of your colleagues. You made me and others believe that we could be better versions of ourselves, especially when we worked together as a team. In short, you inspired us. Rest in peace.
I am sending my warmest and most caring thoughts to Alex's family and dear friends. Alex cared so deeply about the world and his role in making it a better place. We are all better for having known him (and worked with him). He left far too soon and he will be missed greatly.
What dreadful news. When we lived together in the eighties in DC, I knew Alex as a happy todler. Already then very clever, very energetic and very sportive. Over the years his mother and I have stayed in contact and whenever I asked about the children she would respond with great and loving pride. With reason, Alexander being a case in point. Reading about his academic career and professional life one cannot be but very impressed. But the entries in this guestbook go much further: an exceedingly gifted man, who gave so much to everybody and everything around him. Very, very sad that he departed so early. My thoughts are with his parents and siblings.
I had the pleasure of playing soccer with Maas at Penn. He was a true teammate in the sense of being there for you both on and off the field. Maas was a brilliant guy that worked hard while maintaining a great sense of humor and zest for life. I loved being around Maas and feel grateful to have known him. He is deeply missed.
I'm sending my deepest condolences to the Maasry family. Thank you for giving all of us that knew Maas the opportunity to write about the happiness he has brought us over the years. Here are some of my memories of Maas that I shared in my letter to him a few months ago ... From the start of my days of knowing you, you always make everything look easy with your unparalleled smarts. Just taking a moment to look at the impressive list of accomplishments you have achieved, it is clear you operated at a different level. It is inspiring being around you and soaking up your experience and intelligence. Your smarts allowed you to so easily pick up languages. I liked sharing a laugh with you when you would randomly add Spanish phrases to your repertoire. Even fighting cancer, you have been an inspiration to me because of how strong you have been. The letter you wrote after your first surgery was beautiful and a perfect reflection of the amazing person you are. There are a lot of ways a person can react to adversity, especially what you have faced in the past year, but you have decided to shine brighter through all of this darkness. The best part about you is that not only smart and driven but you have fun along the way. More recent memories warrant you the title, master of wedding ceremonies. Remember the red pants you wore to our wedding? The funniest part (to me at least) was that the night before the wedding you asked if it was okay for you to wear them. I appreciated you being so concerned about my feelings; however I'm glad you brought the spunk to the wedding. Alexis also loves telling the story about how she had to tell you to put the speakers away during the reception. Because you were playing music for your table to ensure fun was had every moment! What about Nate and Alexis' wedding? You brought the party back to your hotel room and played Enrique for us on your speakers and danced like no one was watching. You also managed to take it up a notch during rafting at Robb and Lisa's wedding weekend. I will forever think of you with your speakers, pumping your fists in the air to that "Get Lucky" song which felt like was on repeat that entire rafting trip. You single handedly made each of our weddings more fun. There definitely seems to be a theme with you, weddings and speakers. Additionally, you impress me with your confidence to take on any challenge and learn something knew. You had absolutely no hesitation to learn how to ski senior year despite being a newbie with folks who had skied most of their lives. You weren't afraid of going anywhere on the mountain either. You are fearless! The ski trips to blue mountain, camelback, and Mammoth were some of my most fun memories from senior year. There was the night in Mammoth when we all watched life is beautiful. Nate and Robb proceeded to fall asleep and you and I watched the entire movie and when it was over, we looked at each other with tears in our eyes and then just laughed at each other for crying. ... Your life was beautiful Maas. Thank you for inspiring me with your drive, smarts, positive attitude, fearlessness, fun and willingness to dance like no one is watching.
I remember with fondness when I interviewed Alex in 2007 to join the MGI China Urbanization team in Shanghai, China. He joined and we rejoiced. He added thought power to the team; that goes without saying. But what Alex brought in addition was a genuineness and care to his fellow team mates that only 'the Maasry' could bring. He was a good person, a good friend, and a good colleague. Requiescat in pace
I still remember to this date when I sent a cold-call email to Alex, and he was more than happy to offer mentorship and wholeheartedly guide me through the McKinsey interview process -- all for a total stranger that he had no idea about. Alex was an amazing, caring person and I will greatly miss him.
Alex was an exceptional professional, a deeply kind soul, and an unwaveringly generous spirit. The passion for excellence with which he approached the world was unmistakably his own. My deepest sympathies to all he touched. He will be missed.
Each night since I was shared this guestbook I have sat down to write something but have been at a complete loss for words. Since I heard of Alex's diagnosis I was in denial and praying to anyone who would listen for a miracle and a change in his prognosis. If anyone could beat that prognosis, it was Alex. In my eyes, he could do anything. I am beyond grateful for the time I was able to share with Alex and for the beautiful life he had but heartbroken that his time here was cut unfairly short. Though we did not see each other often in recent years, I was comforted knowing that he was working hard, playing harder and in typical Alex fashion living life to the absolute fullest. My deepest condolences to Alex's wonderful family. To George, Caesar, Laura and Alex's parents, there is not a day that has gone by in recent months that I have not thought of you. May the beautiful memories you shared as a family comfort you during this very difficult time. My family and I are sending you all of our love and hugs. Alex, I miss you. Thank you for the wonderful times we shared, for opening my eyes to the bigger world around us, and for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful life. My thoughts, prayers and love to all of Alex's family and friends. Ashley
I am finding it hard to write something that feels worthy of the high bar Alex always represented to me, so while I still intend to strive for that, in the meantime here's a quintessential Maas email that I managed to dig up and have a good laugh at: 02/07/2006, 10:14 AM From: Alexander Maasry/NYO/NorthAmerica/MCKINSEY To: NYO-2005 BAs@MCKINSEY, NY-2004 BAs@MCKINSEY, NY-2003 BAs@MCKINSEY, NYO-2004 BAs@MCKINSEY Subject: Happy hour this friday All, In The Republic,, Plato notes that while having a philosopher king is the ideal state of government, we tolerate democracies b/c it is rare that a person of the philosopher king's virtue and wisdom actually exists in a given society (or would such a person naturally seize power), and democracy thus is what we settle for as the most practical form of government. In light of this, we will be having an impromptu BA happy hour this friday in the office. Cheap wine and beer will be served- around or in "the cave" on the 17th floor, where a beirut table will be set up as well. Let's kick it off around 5:30 or 6:00 PM. Thanks, Alex Alexander Maasry McKinsey & Company
Alex, you defined positive energy, high ambition, and selfless caring. You brought so much so quickly. It is a blessing to have had the chance to know you and work with you. Thank you, Alex, and it will be One Team One Dream always.
Alex went out of his way to become a friend to me in the San Francisco office. He was always so engaged and fun with the staff, which meant a lot to me and many others. I worked with him on Values Day and we had so much fun. He gave me a "One Team, One Dream" bracelet for my little girl and would always pop his head into my office and say it. He had such a good sense of humor and we laughed a lot. I am very sad about his passing. Bless you Alex and your family.
Alex was one of the first MBA/MPP students at Stanford. When he joined the MPP program, he brought energy, dedication, and a sense of teamwork, as well as a great sense of humor and humility. This fall he came back to talk with our current students about the challenges of healthcare reform and provided a tour de force about the challenges of the system. Not surprisingly, the students loved him. We all miss him.
I'm at a loss for words. I'll echo what's been written - Alex was an incredible person with boundless energy. He was one of the first people I knew at the firm, given our close collaboration on recruiting. I'll miss running into him in random offices around the US (as would usually happen). Sending love to his family and friends during this difficult time.
This has been such a heartbreaking event. I've been with McKinsey for over 40 years - longer than Alex' life, so you can imagine how old I am. I knew Alex in the office - very well. And he ALWAYS had a smile and friendly comments. My prayers go out to the family.
It was with great sadness that I heard the news. I had the great privilege of teaching George, Alex, Caesar, and Laura during their years at Beauvoir, STA, and NCS. Even though Alex left the piano behind when he began violin study, I had news of him though his siblings. All of you are in my thoughts at this extremely difficult time.
It is akward that Alex has to die so young, while I, being twice his age, am getting older and older. Life often is unfair. Of course the souvenirs and memories remain (my oldest with Alex is playing soccer in Launay in 1987), but whether they can fill the gap left behind is dubious. It is very sad that the very happy quartet of the four Maasry children has now to continue without one of its essential parts. My thoughts are with you all. Bastiaan