Her time at Pitt transformed Alex from a typical teenager into a young woman with a strong streak of independence. Despite her parent’s best efforts, Alex wanted to make it alone in Pittsburgh. After graduation, and in short order, she found a place to live, a decent job in her chosen field, and a boyfriend. Entering the workforce, Alex’s life became that of a young adult – commuting, working, and enjoying herself. The world was her oyster until October 30th, 2013, when she collapsed on the way out of her office. Despite the best efforts of the doctors and nurses at Saint Clare Hospital, she died five hours after collapsing.
Travel was a big part of Alex’s life. She made regular trips to England for hiking and visiting family. She visited France and China, and many parts of the US. Her life was rich and full, like her spirit.