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Community mourns death of Alexa Christakos

Published: October 5, 2012
Section: News

A vibrant member of the Brandeis community, Alexa Christakos ’11, died Sept. 4 in a motorcycle accident in New Hampshire. She and the motorcycle driver, Michael Gazeaud, 36, were pronounced dead at the scene. She was an American Studies and Philosophy major.

“Alexa was a witty, gracious and congenial young woman. A proud Greek-American, she had a ready smile and a passionate interest in all things media (especially music). I hope her family knows that this tragic loss is also mourned by her friends and teachers at Brandeis,” Professor Thomas Doherty (AMST) said.

Following her time at Brandeis, Alexa was a personal training manager at Custom Built Personal Training, and she worked at Dark Tower Entertainment. According to the Brandeis University Alumni Association, Alexa was also a Chargette for the elite promo squad, Tri-City Charge semi-professional football team of Sandown, N.H.

“Much is said of people posthumously. We acknowledge their strengths and accomplishments. We attempt to explain to others what type of person was lost. I can honestly say, whatever complementary descriptions are given to attempt to depict the incredible woman that was Alexa Christakos will fall far short,” said Eric Hansen, President and C.E.O. Of Dark Tower Entertainment. “Alexa was an exceptional human being. She was fearless. She was overflowing with energy, zeal and passion for life. I have never met anyone so addicted to experience, an idle moment seemed to her a wasted opportunity.”

Brandeis mourns the loss of its alumni together, especially with the passing of an alumnae so young.

Christakos is survived by her mother, Constance, and her grandparents, Robert and Irene, and was laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lowell. A 40-day memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell.

“Alexa would be just as comfortable, and exceptional in a formal situation among the elite as she would be popping open a wrench set to work on her motorcycle,” Hansen added.

“She was smart, confident, capable and unapologetically marched to the beat of her own drum.”