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Alexander Botero-Lowry ’09

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Alexander Botero-Lowry ’09, August 24, 2012, in San Francisco, California. Alex was an anthropology major and worked in computing & information services at Reed. Steve Wissow ’07 recalls Alex on the computing policy committee (CPC), when Alex was administrator for the student information network and Steve was the online yearbook editor. “I remember disagreeing with him in a CPC meeting, and appreciating how he both said exactly what he thought and also listened to and empathized with what others thought, and didn’t compromise either for the other.” Marty Ringle, chief information officer, says, “As a member of the CPC from 2006 to 2009, Alex displayed a unique blend of arcane technical knowledge, community conscience, and sardonic humor. He frequently raised critical questions and was often the only person in the room who could actually answer them.” Says Marianne Colgrove ’84, deputy chief information officer: “Alex was witty and congenial, also brilliant and opinionated—a great Reedie! Though we met through technology at Reed, his technical savvy long ago surpassed mine. Our relationship was much more about food than technology. I have worked with a lot of students over the years, but it is unusual to develop a personal relationship that transcends our jobs, and our student-to-grownup relationship.” After graduation, Alex worked as software engineer for Metaweb Technologies and then for Google in San Francisco. “Alex really was special for us,” Marianne says. “We will miss having him in our lives and on the planet.” Survivors include his parents, sister, and grandparents.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2013

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