Nathan Foley-Mendelssohn
1979 - 2013
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Nathan Foley-Mendelssohn
Sept. 21, l979-Sept. 10, 2013
Resident of Cambridge, Mass
Nathan Foley-Mendelssohn, 33, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, a resident of Santa Cruz from 1980 to 2001 and of Cambridge, Boston, and Baltimore from 2002 to 2013, passed away while hiking Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker in Iceland.
Nathan attended Gateway School, York High School in Monterey, and Harvard College, where he earned a B.A. with honors in History and International Relations. At Harvard, he was a resident of Cabot House and forged lifelong friendships. During college Nathan worked summers for "Let's Go", writing and editing travel guidebooks. After graduation he worked at the Pacific Environmental Fisheries Group in Pacific Grove, CA, then moved to Boston where he joined Boston Common Asset Management, where he worked until his death. Nathan became a Chartered Financial Analyst and conducted fundamental investment research in the energy sector, built quantitative and analytical investment tools, and oversaw the implementation of fixed income strategies. He was interested in the developing areas of big data and planning start-ups that might tap his skills in data mining and using the web to educate on financial and investment strategies.
Nathan traveled extensively to Indonesia, Europe, the Caribbean, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tibetan areas of China, New Zealand, and Australia. At the time of his death he was on an extended trip with plans to continue from Iceland to Greece and Laos. He participated in soccer and other sports from youth. He loved playing classical music on the piano.
Nathan is survived by his parents Roy Mendelssohn and Kathy Foley of Santa Cruz, California, and his sister Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn of New York; his uncles and aunts Marvin and Ellen Mendelssohn of Medford, Massachusetts; Helen McNeill of Washington, D.C.; Joe and Pam Foley of Temecula, California; Jane and Jack Hastie of Upper Arlington, Ohio; James and Jeannie Foley of Chicago, Illinois; twelve cousins and their offspring. Grace Chan, now of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts was his companion and friend for over a decade. She, along with his college roommate Jonathan Burton-Macleod of St. Augustine, Florida, helped in the search for his body following his disappearance.
He walked from us with his eyes lifted to the mountains.
A celebration of his life will be held at Cabot House, Radcliffe Quad, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts on Sat., January 4, 2014 from 1:30-5 PM. Donations can go to the rescue team ( that searched for him:
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Nov. 3, 2013.
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January 1, 2014
Dear Kathy, Roy and Deirdre,
We were shocked to hear of your tragic loss. Know that our thoughts are with you.
Love, Judy and Frank Foreman
December 28, 2013
Dear Kathy, Roy and Deirdre my mum (Glenda) has just let me know of Nathan's passing and I wanted to say how very very sorry I am. Reading his ob made me think of my memories of him teaching Jordan and I to shoot hoops in Santa Cruz and on insisting we went on the roller coaster at the board walk - my first and last all american thriller ride ;-) I know these times will be so hard but I hope that you find peace and comfort in each other and in all the many rich memories people have of your lovely son. All my love - and from Danny also. Ilana xx
December 25, 2013
Dear Kathy and `Ohana,
Words cannot express the grief and sense of loss you all must be experiencing...these are surely numbing emotions - and there must be times when you feel completely upside-down. Look to the skies, the sea, the trees, the will find your son and brother there. Breathe.
With aloha,
Lisa Jeffers-Fabro (Hawai`i)
December 23, 2013
Dear Kathy, Roy, Deirdre I am still in shock. I just heard the news from a friend of Michael's at the theater. I am at a loss for words, just wish I could be there with you and show you how much I care . I remember Nathan well, such a lovely child. And then followed him as he grew up by your end of the year letters Kathy. Iam with you, think of you and send my love.
Patricia O;Donovan
December 23, 2013
Though I did not personally know Nathan, I work with Grace Chan and I know she loved him with all her heart. I also lost a son several years ago and I want to tell you how terribly sorry I am for your loss.
Toni Fowler
December 22, 2013
Kathy and the Foley-Mendelssohn family,
Heartbreaking to read of the devastating loss of your son, Nathan. There are no words for this. A Holy Child friend, class of '65.
December 18, 2013
Dear Kathy, It is always too soon to lose a child. I pray that your loving memories of all the joy that his life brought you will comfort you. Thinking of you fondly.
Chris Nemmers-Schmieg
December 17, 2013
I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine. Know that you, Roy, Deirdre, your families and Nathan's friends are in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care.
Marikay Jung
December 16, 2013
Kathy and family,
Such sad news. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. You will be in my prayers.
May God bless you and keep you strong.

Dorothy Fitzgerald-Clark
December 15, 2013
Kathy and Family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. What a remarkable young man! In reading of his short life he accomplished more than many ever dream of doing. I know you will hold his memories close and I will keep all of you in my prayers. God Bless.

Janet Albert Jones
HCHS Class of '65
December 15, 2013
Kathy and family, I pray that your treasured memories bring you comfort day by day.
Peace and love,
Joan Hubert Trotti
December 15, 2013
Kathy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are well. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.
God Bless,
Suzie Crenshaw Rose
December 14, 2013
Although I did not know your son, Kathy and haven't seen you in many years, my heart goes out to you on the loss of your son. It seem he lit up the world as he traveled through. You are in my prayers.
Michaelene Stanczak-Wilcox
December 14, 2013
Kathy (and all your family), I am stunned and saddened by the news I just received from Marikay. What a wonderful son you lost! My prayers are with you now and into the future as you deal with his loss and his not being found. I'm going to assume your permission and put a note in the SHCJ Newsnotes asking for prayers, as many of us knew you and your siblings (and parents). My heart aches for you! May you all receive abundant consolation. Love and blessings, Sister Ellen Mary/ Terri MacKenzie, SHCJ
Therese MacKenzie
November 26, 2013
I deeply feel Nathan's passing.

Un gran abrazo, hermano.
Hans Perl-Matanzo
November 19, 2013
I only knew Nathan slightly - he was one of the staff who interviewed me at Boston Common. He was away on his holiday in Iceland the week I started. I am deeply sorry for his loss and the fact I won't have the opportunity to know him. He is deeply missed by all his friends and colleagues at Boston Common. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Lisa Hayles
November 8, 2013
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Sending my warm thoughts to you, your family and friends. (I was a schoolmate of Roy's in Philly. We ran into each other at Gateway when our sons were little).
Shelley Marx
November 7, 2013
Am sorry for the loss. my thoughts and prayers to the family.
ann chandler
November 4, 2013
So sorry for the loss of this young man. May the footprints he left on Earth last forever, and the love live on in his loved ones hearts .
November 4, 2013
So remembering NAthan's smile and his unassuming determination and enthusiasm on the soccer field. Nathan was a lovely person that so brightened the world with quiet joyfulness. Sending my love to Kathy, Roy and Deirdra.
Patricia Skowrup
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