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Alexander Ney

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 16, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Durham, North Carolina
Alexander C. Ney, 29 years old, born in Washington, DC.

Alex passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, the 16th of April at his home in Durham. Alex was a PhD candidate at Duke University working on novel breast cancer research. Prior to beginning his research at the McDonnell Lab at Duke, Alex was a decorated officer of the 82d Airborne having attained the rank of captain during his 4 years of service. He participated in the initial invasion of Iraq during his 1-year tour of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Field Artillery Officer. Alex was revered by his comrades and – for his valor – was awarded the Bronze Star. Alex joined the 82d after receiving his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It was during his time at Cornell that he met the love of his life, Rachel. Alex was born into a loving family in Washington, DC and graduated Valedictorian of his high school class.

We remember Alex as a loving and brilliant individual with limitless potential. Alex was a man of strong convictions, integrity, and family values. We miss his easy laugh, and his steadfast commitment to family and friends will always be treasured.

Alex is survived by his wife, Rachel, and 21-month old son, Jackson, as well as his mother and father, Cheryl and Richard, and two brothers, Rich and Justin. The outpouring of support the family has seen since his passing is a testament to how many lives he touched.

There will be a memorial service held for Alex at the Duke University Chapel at 3 pm on Monday, the 21st of April followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family would kindly ask for donations to Jackson’s memorial trust fund. Contributions can be payable to Jackson C. Ney and directed to Duke University Arts & Sciences Development, c/o R M Long, Box 90429, 2010 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0429.

Alex will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, please contact the family for details.

Condolences for the family of “Alexander Ney”

Condolence from Donna Betts on April 20th, 2008 12:00 am

Rachel, Jackson and Alex’s family: I am so sorry for your loss. I was not fortunate enough to know Alex as you did, however, the little I did know was Alex as an exceptional man with a great love for his family! He served his country with fervor and loved and cherished his family. A loss such as this will be with you for a long time, but take comfort in the fact that Alex will always be in your hearts and you will see him again someday! Speak often of him to Jackson so that he too will know his daddy as you did. Rachel, I love you and will keep you and Jackson in my prayers!
Aunt Donna Betts

Condolence from Jonathan Coloff on April 20th, 2008 12:00 am

Alex was truly a great man. I consider myself lucky to have known him and to be his friend, even if it was for far too short of a time. I also admired Alex very much, both as a person and as a scientist. There are so many great things about him that I hope I can apply to my life and career.

Condolence from Jackie Garrett on April 20th, 2008 12:00 am

Rachel, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Morag and Colin on April 20th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Rachael and Jackson, we are so sorry for your loss. We only knew Alex a short time but feel previledged to have met him. He made quite an impression on us with his intelligence and dedication to his family, his studies and his country. You are in our thoughts.
Sincerely, Morag and Colin

Condolence from Tonya McIver on April 21st, 2008 12:00 am


I am sorry for the lost of your loved one. Please know, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Sonia Kansal-Kalavar on April 21st, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Rachel and family

Deepest Condolences..Hope God gives you and your family the strength to bear this sorrow. You will be in our prayers.


Condolence from Nicole Souther on April 21st, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Rachel,

I am so sorry for your loss. From what I’ve read, Alex was an amazing individual. It’s tragic his life was cut short. Please let me know if I can do anything to help you through this difficult time. Nicole

Condolence from PJ Conklin on April 21st, 2008 12:00 am

I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything, I’m here. PJ Conklin

Condolence from Zaneta A Cephas-White on April 21st, 2008 12:00 am


My prayers and thoughts are with you and your son during this time of sorrow.

Condolence from John Turner on April 23rd, 2008 12:00 am

To Rachel and family of my dear friend Alex; I find that I have no capacity to express my deep regret other than to say I have tears in my eyes as I write this. Please know that all those who served with Alex stand ready should there be any service we may have the privilege of providing to you and your family.

Condolence from Mel Liebelt on April 25th, 2008 12:00 am

My sincerest condolences for a friend and coworker’s brother whom I have only had the opportunity to learn of on paper, but truly deserves the affection of those who only had such a blessing.

Condolence from Foy Yates on April 28th, 2008 12:00 am

You and Jackson have been in my thoughts everyday. No mere words can express the heaviness I have in my heart for you and your young son. Cherish the memories of Alex and make sure that Jackson grows up knowing that the he is the blessing from God that came from the love you and Alex had for one another.


Condolence from Agnes Liem on May 14th, 2008 12:00 am

I remember Alex from our days at Cornell ROTC…even then, one of his best features was this big grin that he always had. I will never forget him and how talented he was as a Cornell grad and an Army officer. My deepest condolences to Rachel and Jackson, as well as his parents and brothers. May you rest in peace, Alex. We all love you and miss you so much.

Condolence from Will Thompson on May 16th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Rachel and Jackson,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of a truly wonderful man whom I consider a good friend. Please carry with you the knowledge that the man you call “dad” and “husband” was known to many others as a consummate professional and a wonderful, driven person. He will be dearly missed.

Grace and Peace be with you,

Will Thompson

Condolence from CHRISTOPHER LAYOW on April 9th, 2011 12:00 am

A mentor, idol, friend, leader, hero and most of an incredibly wonderful person. My deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones.

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