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David and Mimi Pasternak David and Mimi Pasternak from Half Moon Bay, California wrote on July 25, 2017 at 2:14 am:
A sunset toast to the memories of Alex from Martins Beach. Our relationship began only shortly after the dreadful diagnosis, but he inspired so many of us to fully appreciate his remains months. His competitive engagement in Mimi's beloved pickleball, a few attempts at surfing and wonderful walks on the beach. Even when his energy flagged, he retained his keen interest in so many sports, with detailed commentary that included a blow by blow assessment of Federer. We shared books and so many ideas, always returning to themes of human behavior and decent norms for society. We are so grateful for the love we shared, his role as a late-arriving part of our family, and his many dear friends and family that he brought into our orbit. In his last months, Alex had a favorite resting place (the bed of our own son, Alex) where he could nap with the sound of the ocean nearby. He has a place in our home and our family and will always have a place in our hearts.
Bion N. Bliss Bion N. Bliss from Kingston, Jamaica wrote on July 25, 2017 at 12:51 am:
I'm deeply saddened to hear of Alex's passing and offer my condolences to the whole family. Maas was one of a kind; highly intelligent, a great athlete, and a genuinely kind and caring person. I greatly appreciated our friendship growing up in the DC area and through our college years. Alex and I got a chance to hang out again a few years back when he came for work to Delhi where I was living at the time. We hadn't seen each other in years but didn't miss a beat catching up and having an amazing wide-ranging, engaging and philosophical conversation and I left beyond impressed with the ways he was contributing to the world; I'll never forget it. You will be missed, Alex.
Tony Luckett Tony Luckett from Sunnyvale wrote on July 25, 2017 at 12:04 am:
I'll never forget how on point you always were Alex. One lasting memory is you taking me to the ER when I got violently ill from something I ate. Costumes, jokes, drinks and fun aside, I'm grateful you were there for me. RIP bro.
Nick Tandon Nick Tandon from San Mateo wrote on July 24, 2017 at 9:47 pm:
Wow. Gone way too soon. Lots of good memories -Euro 04 in Portugal, kicking it with the Vittas crew in DC and all over the globe, and playing on the GSB Soccer team together. Rest in peace old friend.
C Bell C Bell wrote on July 24, 2017 at 9:36 pm:
I am shocked to hear this news. I was a TA for a Stanford Political Science course Alex was in. I quickly realized there was a lot more I could learn from him than the other way around, and reached out to him for a friendly meet-up on campus. His response in the middle of the term was: "LOL- I’m overseas in India for a wedding and cant make it unfortunately. But I am hosting the class for BBQ + beers on Saturday the 21st, you around then? Alex" Typical Alex-- happy, bouncing around, and bringing people together.
Nicole (Marcellus) Green Nicole (Marcellus) Green from Dallastown, Pa wrote on July 24, 2017 at 9:24 pm:
The first time I ever met Alex was at a social get-together called Canteen, a meet and greet between NCS girls and STA boys. It was my first exposure to the boys in the blue blazers. 🙂 Alex was so funny and he had a little mischievous streak and I remember that grin! He had a great smile! His laugh was pretty great too. We spent a lot of time running around, talking, and laughing that night. Our paths crossed again at a mutual friend's party and we talked and laughed again; then he asked me to the dance at the STA gym. He was the first boy to ever ask me to a dance. I was so happy. Couldn't believe it. We had so much fun. We danced and he told me, "I can't dance!" I said, "I don't care." Then he said, "Make me look good." I laughed so hard. We had so much fun! Alex was one of the quickest, funniest people and I never forgot him. We talked here and there and he was always a joy. He had a way of explaining things and engaging you without making you feel stupid. He was so kind and warm, one of the great ones. My heart goes out to your family. Rest well, Alex. You were a wonderful part of my life.
Michael Guirguis Michael Guirguis from San Francisco wrote on July 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm:
Alex was a friend and mentor from the first day we met. We took a course together in American diplomacy while Alex was in the GSB and I was an undergrad. In a simulation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Alex played the role of US President and I played PM of Palestine. Per usual, Alex led the conversation and convinced me and everyone else to commit to a peace agreement under the premise he lived by, #oneteamonedream . I've followed in his footsteps ever since, working on his former team at the NEC and joining McKinsey after that. Alex, thanks for being such a positive influence in my life and in so many others. You will always be missed!
Johanna Montagne Johanna Montagne from Oakland wrote on July 24, 2017 at 8:42 pm:
I met Maas about 5 years ago through Ally Ng. From the moment I met him, he was warm, funny, and kind. He had a positive and fun energy that was contagious. I had a blast with him every time I saw him. I will miss him and send my thoughts to all those whose lives he touched.
Shannon Cofrin Gaggero Shannon Cofrin Gaggero from Atlanta, GA wrote on July 24, 2017 at 8:10 pm:
I was lucky enough to meet Alex through the Press twins and while I didn't know him well, I'll never forget his smile and infectious positivity. Rest easy, Maas. Sending my prayers and condolences to all who loved him.
Lauren (Hesse) Michalak Lauren (Hesse) Michalak from San Francisco wrote on July 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm:
Alex was a unique individual who had a zest for living. I became friends with Alex through the Press twins, where I first met him in Healdsburg during a weekend group getaway. Alex walked around that weekend with a hat fashioned out of a beer box and we made up a silly group game called, "Oatmeal," that kept the group giggling for hours. I learned that weekend that Alex was creative and later learned, by getting to know him further, that he was also incredibly intelligent and caring. My fondest memory of Alex is when he wrote me after a biking accident and asked if he could bring me a chocolate croissant from La Boulange. That made my day. Thank you, Alex, for the smiles and the laughs! You will be missed, but your memory will live on forever.
Laurie Braunstein Laurie Braunstein from Broomall (PA) wrote on July 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm:
My heartfelt sympathies to the Maasry Family. I had the great pleasure of knowing Alex during and after his Penn years as he was a close and dear friend of my son, Michael. Alex became part of my family when he joined us for a Christmas vacation in Mexico one year. Never was there a warmer or more thoughtful young man! We all loved him! Alex will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Laurie Braunstein
Sandrine dury Sandrine dury from Belgium wrote on July 24, 2017 at 7:50 pm:
Just heard the news about alex. I met alex at the gsb,we even ran together for co-president. He was such a fun,smart, amazing guy. Even if we werent in touch very regulalry, it was always a joy to see him. We will miss him dearly.
Claire Hofbauer Claire Hofbauer from San Francisco wrote on July 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm:
Alex was the brightest and most fun-loving person I have met in my life. He spread joy, knowledge, and light wherever he traveled. I am so deeply sad to learn of his passing. He taught me about the opera and showed me every single thing I love about the bay area. He was the first person who took me on a road bike, which became one of my greatest passions. Thank you, Alex. I will never ever forget you or your spirit.
Lisa Gans Lisa Gans from Washington DC wrote on July 24, 2017 at 7:11 pm:
I met Alex through the Fuse Corps fellowship he supported during its launch year, and found him to be one of the brightest, most thoughtful, and genuinely engaging colleagues I've ever had. The news of his passing seems as surreal as it is devastating, and I'm sending my deepest condolences to his friends and family. I'm just grateful that I got the chance to know him, however briefly.
Nicholas Kanaan Nicholas Kanaan from Salt Lake City wrote on July 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm:
It has been hard to write this because I just don't have the words to describe how amazing a person we have all lost. With Alex, every day was an adventure, exciting, and fulfilling. He had an amazing sense of play and a joie de vivre that was contagious. Alex, Darren, and I lived together while I was in residency (they were in business school), and as you can imagine residency was a trying time with some dark days, but all I had to do was find my way back home and Alex would change the mood immediately. He brought positive energy to every situation, lifting those around him with humor, sincerity, and his smile. His charisma was immediately palpable when he walked into a room. Moreover, Alex was a true polymath who could enter a conversation about anything and make connections no one else realized. His brain functioned on a different level: quick, precise, analytical, and constantly processing. I learned so much from him. I miss those deep conversations that we would carry out apropos of nothing. But more than anything, I am honored to have been a part of his life. I am thankful for all the time we spent together, that I could call Alex one of my closest friends. I have always been inspired by Alex, but never more than the way he approached his own mortality in the face of a terminal diagnosis. With a one year prognosis, he was as courageous and positive as anyone I've ever seen. Though it was him going through such a hard time, he was strong for those around him - friends, family, acquaintances, medical staff, etc. He lifted us all up with his positivity, taking not only the burden of the disease, but also the emotional burden of the situation squarely on his shoulders. He reminded us that from his perspective, he had already won the lottery -- he was born to a great family, he had incredible opportunities growing up, was blessed with an amazing education, traveled the world, contributed to society, and had the most amazing friends anyone could ask for. He was at peace. Alex Maasry, I love you like a brother, and miss you so much. Thank you for being such an amazing friend.
Katherine Miller Katherine Miller from Truckee, CA wrote on July 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm:
Alex was truly one of a kind, always pushing himself and others to the best version of life. I remember the big wheel races he used to organize on the rooftop deck of his apartment in SOMA. It wasn't enough to just have a bunch of grown (and typically hyper educated) men and women ride around on big wheels- he also outfitted them with gladiator armor. I asked, "Alex, where did you get gladiator armor??" and he responded, "The opera does an auction every year of old costumes, so I went and figured these would be fun for something." Creative, dedicated, and generous in all aspects of his life. That is how I'll remember Alex, and may we all carry that legacy forward. You will be deeply missed, friend.
bredie bredie from chevy chase wrote on July 24, 2017 at 4:27 pm:
Carmen and I did not know Alex very well. But from Annelies and Ceasar and others we do know that he was a remarkable young man with enormous potential, character, strength and convictions. His passing is indeed a great loss and we offer our condolences to family and friends. We also would like to say that the Maasry-Drost family has shown a level of caring for and devotion to family members and friends that needs to be mentioned as an example of a caring family. Carmen and Joseph Bredie
Claire DeBord Bixler Claire DeBord Bixler wrote on July 24, 2017 at 4:27 pm:
The Maasry boys were always so genuinely kind - great examples for all of us on The Close. Alex, you will be missed. My deepest condolences and love to the entire family.
Hillary Phelps Hillary Phelps from Washington D.C. wrote on July 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm:
The Maya Angelou saying “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" rings true when I think of Alex. I had not seen Maas in many years, but I will never forget how kind he was to me in high school at a time when I really needed it. Sending good wishes and prayers to his family and friends.
Dena Smith Dena Smith from Denver wrote on July 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm:
The world has a little less joy and color without Alex in it. When I was first diagnosed Jesse & Alex sent me a bouquet of Daisy's in a smiley face. It was the first time in three days I stopped crying and thought I might actually be ok. Steve and I will never forget the night Maas took us out dancing - even talking steve into a pair of neon motorcycle pants. I think to this day it was one of the most joyful and fun nights of our lives. Alex, your name will be a blessing and we are all grateful for how you brightened it for us.