Guest Post: In Remembrance of Alex Hartley ’10

“She was a fierce and loving friend to me and many others. She didn’t take shit but knew how to be silly. We all miss her so much already.”

Last week, we received some sad news about the passing of Alex Hartley ’10. We’re publishing some words of remembrance from Lena Solow ’12, who was a close friend of Alex. There will be a formal gathering to remember Alex in Boston on Saturday, October 7th from 1:30-3:30PM at the The Humanist Hub.

From Lena:

I’m writing to share some very sad news. Alex Hartley, Wesleyan class of 2010, passed away last Friday night (Sept 8) after a six year battle with brain cancer.

Alex’s dances were the hit of Terpsichore shows- she was incredible at creating work that people with no dance training could do but that was still fun and polished. She also led the rapper sword dancing team. I was lucky to work with her on Tap Attack, a tap dance group, and Snap Crackle Pop, a percussive dance show.

Alex was a force to be reckoned with at Wes outside of dance – she was volunteer coordinator for the Green Street Art Center, tutored at Macdonough elementary, worked in two psych labs on campus, and hit records for her work as the Breakthrough collaborative coordinator on campus. She was a fierce and loving friend to me and many others. She didn’t take shit but knew how to be silly. We all miss her so much already.

Alex is survived by her family – Margie, Mike, Deven Casey and Josh Hartley – and her grandparents, aunts/uncles, cousins, boyfriend Carl, team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and countless friends.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Alex’s name to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support Dr. David Reardon’s research fund: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-Farber.org/gift.

There will be a gathering to celebrate Alex in Boston on October 7 – learn more about it on the Facebook event. And please feel free to share a message or story about Alex here. That link also has a place to leave any photos or videos you have of Alex.

Alex and one of her terp dance crews

Alex and one of her terp dance crews