Alexander Lee Stuber went to meet our Lord and savior Jesus Christ on June 14, 2013, after being involved in a car accident in California where he was working as an aerospace engineer for NASA. Alex was a loving son, brother, grandson, and a friend to all who knew him. Though he only had 25 years on this earth, Alex lived an incredible life and will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Alex was born on 5/6/1988 in Denver, Colorado. He moved with his family to Vienna, Virginia, in 1992 and ultimately to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1998. Alex attended Hunter Elementary School, Ligon GT Magnet Middle School, and graduated from Enloe High School in 2006. Alex attended N.C. State University and earned degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in 2010. Alex was a valedictorian in his class at N.C. State completing his undergraduate studies with a 4.0 grade point average. While at N.C. State, Alex applied for and received a prestigious scholarship from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which included a summer internship with NASA. In 2012, Alex earned a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from N.C. State. While working on his master’s degree, Alex was involved with the co-op program at NASA, alternating work assignments at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center with semesters at N.C. State. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Alex was offered and accepted an aerospace engineering position in NASA’s Aerostructures Branch at NASA’s Dryden facility. Alex worked in that position until the time of his passing. During his time at NASA, Alex worked on numerous important projects and missions. On one project, Alex designed, fabricated, and participated in flight testing a research UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) which has the potential to significantly impact the efficiency and look of future aircraft. During one co-op rotation, Alex worked on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an airborne observatory with a 2.5 meter reflecting telescope that can fly up to 45,000 feet high to enable the telescope to take infrared images without interference from water vapor in the earth’s atmosphere. Alex had the opportunity to fly on one of SOFIA’s missions. Alex’s supervisors and co-workers continually commented that Alex was a quick learner who made work fun for others on his teams.
Alex had many interests outside of work including a great love of the outdoors. Alex was an expert snow skier who got on the ski slopes as often as possible. Alex loved hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, offroading in his X-Terra, mountain biking, and water sports, such as water skiing and scuba diving. Alex loved N.C. State athletics and attended practically every Wolfpack football and basketball game during his time at N.C. State. Alex also loved the Denver Broncos NFL team and attended several Broncos games in person during his lifetime. Alex enjoyed traveling and had been to almost all of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Europe, England, Japan, Australia, and Africa. Over Christmas, 2012, Alex climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa with his sister, Andie, and his father, Chuck. Following the Kilimanjaro climb, Alex’s mother, Janet, and grandparents, Charlie and Marilyn Stuber, joined them in Tanzania for a wildlife safari. Alex, an accomplished photographer, took many amazing photographs during the Africa trip.
Alex was a kind and generous person and had registered as a organ donor. In his final act of generosity, Alex’s heart, liver, kidneys, and other body parts were transplanted to several recipients to enable them to live and have better lives.
Alex is survived by his sister, Andrea M. Stuber, of Raleigh, North Carolina, his parents, Janet and Charles W. Stuber, Jr., of Raleigh, and his paternal grandparents, Marilyn and Charles Stuber, of Raleigh. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jane C. and Julian Clay McCowan, of Atlanta, Georgia.
A memorial service will be held for Alex on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC. A visitation will be held immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial gifts be made in Alex’s memory to either Carolina Donor Services, 909 East Arlington Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27858, or the One Legacy Foundation, 221 South Figueroa Street, Suite 500, Los Angeles, California 90012. One Legacy is the organization that managed Alex’s organ donation process in California, and Carolina Donor Services is the comparable organization to One Legacy in North Carolina. Alex’s family also requests that readers consider registering as organ donors to honor Alex’s legacy of helping others through the organ donation process.