This site is for family, friends, and colleagues of Avner Magen to post their thoughts and memories of him. Avner died in a climbing accident on May 29, 2010, in Alaska.

Avner was a beloved and devoted father, husband and son; a terrifically warm, funny, and energetic person; a brilliant and creative researcher; and a wonderful friend and colleague.

Please share your stories, memories and words of support by sending an email to You may also post comments to any entry. Visit this Photo Site for a photo memorial of Avner and his family and friends. Instructions for adding pictures appear next to the album.

More details appear on the Avner Magen Memorial page.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Toni Pitassi & Rich Zemel

Avner, you were one of those rare people that you meet and
you know right away that you've met a treasure, someone to
share life's best times.

We have had many fun adventures over the last eight years:
skiing, hiking, climbing, and mostly, laughing. You were
always suggesting new places to go and things to do, and
convincing us that it was worth it to leave at 5 AM.
Meanwhile you tried to convince us that your favorite shows
really were funny, as you recounted the whole episode, not
realizing that you were much funnier than the show itself.

It is hard to know where to start with favorite memories.
But one trademark moment is the day several years back when
you took our kids rock-climbing for the first time. You
tirelessly kept un-roping one, and roping up the next tot,
so that they could climb all of about 10 feet up the rock
face. You were infinitely patient with them and still
managed to impart all the fun and excitement you clearly
felt. Our kids thought they were real mountaineers, and you
were their leader.

You were not only fun but were an ideal friend, a great
listener and full of warmth and compassion. We will miss
you terribly.

We look forward to many future trips together with your
family, with Ayelet and your three terrific kids, who remind
us so much of you. We'll try our hardest to celebrate your
spirit by laughing as often as possible, climbing every
rock, and trying to live life to its fullest.

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