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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ehud Friedgut

Dear Ayelet, Ro'ee, No'a and Ofri,

Words cannot convey the pain and dismay that Keren and I
felt when hearing the bitter news - Avner is so vivid and
lively in our hearts and minds that it's impossible to
comprehend that he is gone.

Avner was one of the funniest people I knew - his deadpan
delivery of his wry and witty observations offered a mixture
of chamishiya-hakamerit wild humor with Mati Kaspi style
delivery. He was also a wonderful impersonator - I am sure
that quite a few of the people who are reading this were at
one time or another depicted by him, an honor reserved for
people he held in high esteem.

I hope Ayelet won't mind if I recall the story she told me
about the beginning of their affair, I hope I get it right,
it is so Avner: After meeting her at a social gathering
Avner phoned Ayelet and suggested that she join a bunch of
friends and come for a vacation in Sinai. After she agreed,
and a few hours before the planned departure, he phoned
again and notified her matter-of-factly that there had been
a change of plans and (a) It's not Sinai, it's the Golan
heights, (b) it's not the whole bunch, it's just the two of
them. Apparently plan B turned out to be highly

Dear Ayelet and kids - we hug you with all our might from
overseas and send you our love, we wish we were physically
closer so as to be with you and offer our support.

Avner, you will always live, smiling, in our memories.

המקום ינחם אתכם עם שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים ולא תוסיפו לדאבה

Love, Ehud

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