Alex left us on July 20, 2014 in the midst of the beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains outside of Silverton, Colorado. He lived every day, every hour, indeed every minute to its fullesttaking in the joy, the beauty, the wonder and the magic of everyone and everything around him.
Alex has always been an explorer. His adventures began in the Willamette Valley amongst the splendor of McDonald Forest where he was raised. The wilderness of his homeland inspired Alex to seek nature's beauty everywhere, and his travels took him to places like Hawaii, Utah, Montana, Italy, and Costa Rica. Each journey was accompanied and inspired by sport, and no matter which sport Alex embracedclimbing, running, cycling, yoga, surfing, skiing, or hikinghe did it with focus, passion, and a respect for, and love of, nature. He found both solace and wild inspiration in the mountains, hills, rocks, dirt, and waves. Alex was a driven perfectionist who trained his body and mind acutely, yet also understood the importance of being still, and practiced quietude with grace.
Alex was, and continues to be, an incredibly gifted and compassionate teacher. He most recently taught math at the Siskiyou School, mentored and tutored youth in the Ashland area, and taught yoga at Bikram Yoga of Ashland. While living in Corvallis he worked as a teacher's aid at Linus Pauling Middle School, and at Bikram Yoga of Corvallis. In these roles, and in his everyday interactions, he inspired and empowered youth and adults aliketo believe in themselves, to challenge themselves, and to appreciate and strive to better understand the physical and spiritual world around them. Alex listened to and learned from those he touched, and drew great inspiration from his students, friends and family. This mutual inspiration is best captured by one of his very own quotations: "May each pilot their own ship, and may your life's passion be a wind to fill others sails."
Alex was a writer and story-teller; his words are sincere, insightful, creative, always entertaining and often funny. Through his stories, poetry and other writings, he shares his appreciation for nature, and his wisdom of the rhythm of the physical and spiritual world. Anyone who feels his presence can sense infinite wisdom, yet an uncanny, youthful naivet. Much of his writing can be found on his blog: https://alexnberra.wordpress.com.
Having graduated from Crescent Valley High School in 1999, Alex attended Oregon State University, and later graduated from the University of Hawaii.
Alex was a committed and loving son, brother, and uncle. He is survived by his parents, Pat Newport and Buzz Berra; brother, Adam Newport-Berra; sister, McHale Newport-Berra; brother-in-law, Samidh Chakrabarti; and niece, Kaya Chakra-Berra.
Alex's physical body left us doing what he loved. Words cannot express how much he will be missed, but Alex continues to live on through his infinite manifestations in nature. Alex invites you to look to the trees, mountains, and waves, to find the magic in your own life.
A gathering to honor Alex will be held at his home in Corvallis near McDonald Forest at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9th. Since there is no parking at the house, please meet at the Crescent Valley High School parking lot at 10:30 a.m. - there will be plenty of shuttles to take you the mile to the Newport-Berra's home on Jackson Creek Drive. A gathering will also be held at Grouse Gap on Mt. Ashland at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 10th. Please plan to arrive by 4:00 p.m. and carpool if possible.
A fund has been established to honor Alex's giving spirit in encouraging people young and old to pursue their passions. Contributions can be made to the Alex Newport-Berra Fund at
Citizens Bank in Corvallis, Ore.