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

Suzanne Stevenson and Sven Dickinson

We will dearly miss our friend and colleague. His
adventurous spirit permeated everything he did, and
reflected a wonderful passion for life that affected all
those lucky enough to know him. While that passion pushed
him toward admirable achievements in all his endeavors, what
touched us even more was the warmth, kindness, and
generosity he showed to his friends and colleagues. He was a
keen listener who truly wanted to learn from and share with
everyone around him. His good nature, sense of humour,
patience, and genuine interest in others were endearing to
all. Avner was indeed a very special person, and we will
deeply miss our growing friendship that we valued so
much. As we picture him jogging/biking down Huron St on his
way to work, it's hard to truly accept that he really is
gone, and we feel robbed of a future in which we anticipated
much more time together.

Our deepest sympathies go to Avner's family, and especially
to Ayelet and their kids -- during the wonderful times we've
spent with them and Avner, we could see clearly how deeply
devoted a father and husband he was. He will be missed
beyond what words can express.

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