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dearest family, we all knew it had to happen.....but i am so glad that Alex is at peace. i saw him last walking arm in arm with Annelies, en route to the Spekstraat. so happy, so close.... and i will allways remember a picinic in the stubbles of rural France ,at our 12th century small ""fort -house" MECRIN like your house near the Loire river, where you all came, your small kids befriending our kids. we were all in the beginning of our family life, optimistic, internationals, savouring the good things of various countries, spending our summers in France... the sky was the limit....those were the days my friend, we thought they would never end.... my thoughts are with you all, with Alex, with deep love that never dies.... Karin Koch - Wittert van Hoogland , Den Haag NL
Alex was a bright light in the world. I had a honor of attending the Stanford GSB with him and remember him as a kind, genuine and approachable person. My deepest condolences go out to all of his loved ones. Alex will be missed dearly. With love...
Alex, it was a privilege to witness firsthand the generosity, passion, and intelligence that you dedicated to having meaningful impact. I trust that your efforts to raise awareness and connect our two great nations planted seeds that sprouted in ways we can't control or see. And I feel lucky that, through that amazing experience, I got the chance to know you so much better. I truly appreciated you Alex! You leave an impossible void. Te mando un gran abrazo con mucho cariño a donde quiera que estés.
I was so saddened to hear of Alex's serious illness and death. His time at St. Albans will be remembered with delight--outstanding student, wonderful sense of humor, fine gentleman, superb athlete. With deepest sympathy and love to the Maasry family. "Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was." (Hebrew proverb)
Some of my favorite memories from my post-college years are with Maas--weekend trips to wine country/tahoe, many times in the Pacific Heights 'dollhouse' apartment, and of course our annual shared birthday celebrations. We lost touch in recent years, but I'm honored to have gotten the chance to get to know him and spend as much time together as we did over the years. His intelligence, worldliness, overwhelming confidence, and fun-loving spirit are all things I will always admire about Maas.
I was stunned and so sad to hear this terrible news. I knew Alex a bit in high school and then much more during our time together at McKinsey. He was an amazing person - brilliant and vibrant, really a pleasure to be around always. The world has been deprived of many years of his spirit. Caesar and family - I'm so sorry for your loss.
So I am not going to lie, your passing has shook me to my core. How could someone so great die so young? What is important in life? How do I do a better job of keeping those that I cherish close to me? And, Maas I love you and I thank you for making me want to me to be a better person. I played soccer with you since we were 10 years old. I remember before our senior year of high school, the two of us practicing for the season. You taking shots on me and then making sure that both of us could complete our conditioning test by prodding me on (even though he could run 2 miles 2 minutes faster than me). You kicked my ass. After high school and college, our paths then crossed in shanghai. I still remember so vividly to this day, Andrew Kieve and I at bar in Shanghai and seeing this person walk past and saying to each other, "that looks like Maas. Wait, that is Maas!" And for that moment in time when you were in shanghai, it was like nothing had changed. We were still the kids who grew up playing soccer together, back In high school, and enjoying life to the fullest everyday. Alex, I miss you and I wish I told you that more, Yoi are an amazing person and has an infectious energy for everyone who knew you. I know that you have touched so many people and I thank you for being such an important part of my life and hopefully I say the same for all those people who you have touched and are honored to have you in their lives
I got to know Alex a little bit when he volunteered some of his time for a pro-bono consulting engagement with Samaschool, the nonprofit where I work. Alex left an outsized impression on me - he was kind, funny, insightful, and passionate. I fondly remember the dinner he hosted for our project team at the end of the engagement at his apartment - he was, of course, an amazing host. The thoughts and prayers of the whole Samaschool family are with the Maasrys and everyone who knew and loved Alex.
We know Alex mainly from a family holiday in France and the wonderful Christmas dinners at his grandmother and later at his mom's house in The Hague, Netherlands. We have come to know Alex as a very gifted, yet at the same time incredibly friendly and witty person. His positive energy was inspiring to many people. We are deeply saddened by his loss and will cherish all the wonderful memories that we hold of him.
Dealing with death is difficult enough but when a good young life is taken so early it is even More cruel. I am truly devastated by the unjust passing of Alex. I had the pleasure to teach him, He was an excellent student,very bright and self motivated. He was also very personable and had quite a sense of humor. We did have some good laughs. Sincere condolences to his brothers Georges and Caesar (I will have special prayers for you guys in this most difficult moment), to his parents and his family.
What a remarkable blessing Alex was and is to everyone who knew him, and especially his family. He, and his brothers, were and are an inspiration to all and the gifts they have shared of themselves with all of us are surely proof of God's love in the world. With prayers said and love extended, yours, Reverend Gould.
Alex was an early and absolutely instrumental partner in the development of our organization, FUSE Corps. He played a key role in helping to develop some of our first business plans and strategies. And when I joined the organization in 2015, Alex was one of our most vital thought-partners as we worked together to redesign our training curriculum and conduct a national study of expansion city viability. He also regularly joined our orientation sessions to help educate new fellows around the nature of leading consulting engagements within local government. The fellows were always immensely impressed with his experience,insights, anecdotes, and engaging personality. But what I will remember most is Alex’s smile. He was always quick with a laugh and he had an infectious enthusiasm for the nature of his work. He was passionate about helping cities to better address tough problems, and his exuberance lit up the room whether he was discussing municipal financing, human capital, or procurement reform. Alex was a light in the world and he will be missed by all of us who were lucky enough to have known him.
To Alex's family and friends my sincere condolences. I knew Alex at Penn and we both lived in SF post-college for many years. While I didn't see a ton of Maas, when I did, it was always with big smiles, warm greetings and conviviality. He had an infectiously positive energy and seemed to make friends easily. A life lost too soon and a reminder to us all to cherish the moments. Much love to all.
Alex was always trying to do good in the world and the world will miss him. I met Alex through our first jobs together at the McKinsey office in New York, and was lucky enough to cross paths with him again at the GSB. He was full of life, a vibrant energy, and care and warmth for everyone. Alex - thanks for being in our lives, we miss you.
My sincerest condolences go out to the Maasry family and all of his close friends from DC and beyond. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Maas in college and taking a fair bit of classes with him. He was always a bright and thoughtful partner to have and I really appreciated his sense of humor - sarcastic and witty. I hope you're all finding peace knowing Alex was someone who lived life to the fullest and made the world a better place.
From our brief overlap in high school, I remember Alex as a genius and a gentleman. I am so sorry to hear of his loss, and I send my deepest condolences to the family. Anders
I am at a total loss for words. I had thought about Alex just 10 days ago at Pete Walkers retirement party, and remembering how he was among the very first and best BAs back in 2004 that I had the honor to recruit to our firm. The twinkle in his eyes, always wise and good humoured advice even as a young colleague, and deep caring for the world around him will remain an enduring legacy for all of us who had the privilege to know him. Rest in peace dear friend. And deepest condolences to your family.
My favorite memory of Alex is the long spontaneous trip we took up the coast for 4th of July weekend, 2013. It was a small group, only 4 of us. And the "plan", it turned out was no plan at all. We all loaded up ourselves and our camping gear in San Francisco and hit the highway. Little did we know that every campsite from The Bay to Oregon would be taken on 4th of July weekend. But with Alex's spontaneity, wit and joy of life, it didn't matter where we were going or where we were sleeping. We found a campsite (until we were asked to leave) then spent the night on the beach under the stars...from there: hikes, river holes, swimming in the sea. Alex was always up for anything, always. I still remember belting out lyrics to The Killers on repeat all along the 101. I texted Alex that memory several weeks ago. He immediately messaged me back the next 5 lines to the song. Even until the end, Alex was always the smartest guy in the room. I remember a cold, stormy day in February. We all went to Martin's beach and sat inside while the rain pelted around us. We ate and drank and played board games. Then we talked healthcare policy. As the doctor, I thought I would know a little something about healthcare. Not a chance. Alex made me think and re-think my current views. He guided the conversation. He made us all think harder than we had in weeks. He was just so damn smart. You could count on Alex to have intimate knowledge of any topic and the way he could weave together a story/argument/debate was astonishing. Alex, I will always have so many incredible memories with you. From dance parties at South Park to the moves you pulled at our wedding to tandem biking the streets of Palo Alto. Your life was far too short. Your spirit, especially in the end will be a guid to us all. You are with us forever. With deepest love. Liz
Meeting Alex during my first pro bono project for FUSE Corps was an incredible gift. Since the day I met him until our last hug, he epitomized the person I want to be and a role model for my sons. Of course, he was smart and clever, he also was kind and generous, he was thoughtful and creative, he was thought provoking and empowering. He understood the power of business to create good in this world and he made it happen in a way most people just talk about. I missed the chance to tell him what a difference he made in my life. Thank you Alex. You will be missed and not forgotten.
My memories of Alex are interspersed over time and place, and they span 30 years. He was, as we all know, brilliant; our third grade math teacher had to create an entirely new curriculum to challenge him. He was compassionate and inclusive, even at an age (middle school) when most kids are not. And at Penn he was a natural leader whose confidence and optimism boosted everyone around him. The risk of knowing someone for so many years is assuming they will always be around. At our last lunch together in San Francisco several years ago, I marveled (as I always did) at the breadth of his accomplishments. And as always, he spoke with tremendous pride about each of his siblings—George, Caesar, and Laura. Of all his remarkable qualities, Alex’s loyalty and love for his family and many friends are what I will remember most about him. My thoughts are with all of his family members and friends as you struggle with this unthinkable loss.