In Memoriam -- Josh Alper

To: University Library Community

From: Elizabeth Cowell, University Librarian

It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Josh Alper, our dear friend and colleague.  Josh was killed while biking on Highway 1 just north of Santa Cruz on Saturday morning, November 2.

Josh graduated from UCSC Stevenson College in 1998 with a degree in Literature. He began work in the University Library in November of 2005.  Josh was passionate about his work in Interlibrary Loan and took great joy and satisfaction in being able to help students and faculty with their research. Josh was an incredibly kind, genuine, and generous human being, which was clear to everyone who interacted with him.

Josh was also immersed in the local music scene starting at Stevenson College and continued to compose, collaborate on, and perform music. He curated a collection of mod, psychedelic, and folk revival music; he was a cyclist and recently rebuilt a vintage steel frame bicycle; and he was a devoted husband to his wife Annette Marines, a librarian at UCSC.

We will miss Josh in so many ways.  His death deeply affects the staff of the UCSC Library.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who knew and loved Josh.


Funeral: Friday November 8 at 10am. Eternal Home Cemetery on Old San Jose Road in Soquel (across the street from Anna Jean Cummings Park)

Memorial Service: 2:30pm, Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, CA.

All friends and family are invited.