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Alexander Charles Andrew Fodor
Feb. 2, 1988-Nov. 4, 2018
Palo Alto, California

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Alexander (Zander) Fodor passed away Nov. 4, 2018 on the Sonoma Coast. Alexander was studying developmental biology at the University of Washington and planning a future with his girlfriend when he suffered a tragic accident. Zander will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

Zander was born in Berkeley and moved with his family to Palo Alto in 1989 where he grew into a young man full of character with a zest for life. As a child, Alexander loved all aspects of nature and was always finding and helping lost animals. After graduating from Palo Alto High School in 2006, he attended Franklin and Marshall College where he studied Biology and Evolution. His passion and love of animals drove an ambition to be near the sea and pursue research in invertebrate biology. He entered the graduate program in Biology at the University of Washington where he completed his Master of Science and was pursuing a doctorate studying tunicate development at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Zander especially enjoyed teaching younger students and exploring biodiversity and research with the many visitors of Friday Harbor.

Alexander is survived by two brothers, Nicholas and Lucas; his mother and father, Janelle and Stephen; grandparents, Waldene and Larry Benoit; partner Teresa Schaut and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

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From Jason Macrander & Jasmine Mah
Dec. 9, 2018
Zander was a such a kind and generous person. We are deeply saddened by hearing of his passing. He was an overall delightful person to be around and fantastic scientist. We really got to know each other over the past few years and would commiserate a...
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Memorial service
A remembrance and celebration of his life will be held at the family home in Palo Alto, Saturday, Dec. 8.
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A fund has been established in his memory to support graduate students at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Contributions can be made through the University of Washington online (web link:, or by mailing checks to: University of Washington Box 355055 Seattle, WA 98195 Please address checks to "University of Washington" and add: "In memory of Alexander Fodor" in the memo line.

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