Ari J Diaconis
1984 - 2018
1984 - 2018
Attorney Ari J. Diaconis was born October 15, 1984 and died January 29, 2018, age 33.
Ari graduated from University of Vermont, where he studied economics, philosophy and Afro-Cuban percussion. During and after college, Ari played with musical groups, such as Rubblebucket, and performed at renowned venues including Blue Note Jazz Club New York.
With increasing interest in law, Ari began teaching the Law School Admission Test. This allowed him to live in diverse cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore and Missoula. Ari went on to graduate magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Cornell Law School. He served as an articles editor on Cornell Law Review and a bench editor on Cornell Moot Court Board. Cornell awarded Ari with a Fraser Prize, for "most fully evincing high qualities of mind and character by superior achievements in scholarship and by attributes that earn the commendation of teachers and fellow students."
After law school, Ari served as Law Clerk to Hon. Edward R. Korman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Following that clerkship he joined the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. Ari next planned to serve as Law Clerk to Hon. Rosemary S. Pooler, but was unable to due to the progression of neurologic disorders. Despite his short career, Ari participated in the litigation or adjudication of nearly 100 lawsuits. Ari's legal scholarship has been read by thousands and cited as authority by several Constitutional law experts.
In 2016, Ari bicycled over 2,500 miles from Florida to California with his sister to raise awareness for one of his disorders. Ari's health worsened significantly in 2017, but he continued writing, recording music and volunteering as a lawyer. He completed legal research projects and published op-eds on topics such as Constitutional separation of powers and the right to death with dignity. Music that Ari recorded during this period with Guerilla Toss was featured on NPR.
Ari was an attorney; budding scholar; meditator; prisoners' rights advocate; percussionist; lover of Brooklyn, NY; movie buff; and a novice but passionate juggler, rock-climber and squash player. Ari became a vegetarian towards the end of his life and regretted not doing so earlier.
Ari will be missed greatly by his community, the love of his life Dunia Rkein; father John Diaconis, who fought tirelessly for Ari's health; mother Dian Larkin, who taught Ari to follow his many interests; sister Alix Diaconis; brother Ansel Halle; grandfather Ron Veyo;
stepmother Ann Dantzig; stepsisters Tasha and Lexi Dantzig; step-grandmother Janice Rabinowitz; a vast extended family; and Ari's many dear friends and colleagues from elementary school through law school and beyond, including his lifelong friend Marcus Cohlan.
All friends, family and colleagues are encouraged to attend Ari's memorial service at The Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, New York, NY, on March 24, at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, Ari's family welcomes donations to Cornell Law School indicating "in memory of Ari Diaconis." Please mail checks to Cornell Law School, G28 Hughes Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, Attn: Susan Arotsky.
Published by New York Times from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2018.
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So many memories.
So many smiles.
So much to miss.
But I will never forget
And you will always be remembered.
Aunt Tissy
January 29, 2021
Ari, time does not make the loss of you easier. As the protective shock of your passing wears off, slowly, over the passage of time, it gets harder. You, beloved son Ari, are missed ever more deeply every day. I know you are happy and well and busy, and I am so very grateful I got to be your mom. Until I see you again you remain my forever beloved son.
Dian Larkin
January 26, 2021
Ari you are a beacon of light that shines high and strong guiding us to your love. ❤
January 26, 2021
My beautiful boy the loss of you grows deeper every day. It spreads roots as it settles in our bodies, souls & hearts. I am glad you are not sick and suffering any longer, but you are missed beyond expression. Beloved forever.
Dian Larkin
January 27, 2020
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September 25, 2019
Song for Ari

love every friend you have
love every friend you have
home for the summer, driving around
oh I can hear you laugh your crazy laugh

sing every song you know
sing every song you know
home for the winter hangin around
phone everyone you know under the snow

gentle brother
seasoned fighter
pigeon rider
glowing brightly
beautiful friend I listen for your voice again

love every friend you have
home for the summer, driving around
hands drumming on the dash
he would have laughed

oh I can see your heart
in your breath curling in the dark
home for the winter, lighting a smoke
floating in a spark
I see your heart.
Emile Mosseri
March 17, 2019
The last summer of high school, Ari and I took up Aikido in White Plains, a few towns over, and would carpool there together for the 7am morning class. There was a sort of peer pressure solidarity to the thing (that was Ari... always bringing out the best in others) because neither of us really wanted to be getting up that early, alone. I remember our talks on the drive there though and how quickly, given the hour, they'd jump into the "what is the Meaning of Life" category. As many have pointed out, Ari was deeply philosophical but in a light and humorous sort of way, a master conversationalist boon companion.

The drive passed this beautiful wooded reservoir, Croton, and several times Ari would ask to pull over overlooking the water to have a smoke (the only person I've met to have a cigarette before a martial arts class... but Ari was going to have his cake and eat it too). I remember one time Ari got out and paused there, with the sun rising on the water in front of us, and said "isn't it strange how ALL life comes from that ball? It all comes from THAT! All of this glowing, around us... the trees. It's crazy!"... and then he did a spontaneous sort of sun dance, to drive the point home, because... why not? Ari had a gift for making you see things fresh, as if for the first time... and not knowing what else to do, we both started giggling at the sheer weirdness of Existence. It was probably 6:30am, we were high on our own supply, it was better than any coffee.

Every time I see a sunrise I think of him, feel he's there in spirit... on the other side of the veil, perhaps laughing about how much he knows now, doing an even bigger dance. Till we meet again I'll always remember you Ari as in those mornings, how the things you said glancingly could have a profound resonance, closing in on what the Meaning of Life was, as the sun came out...

Love to all his family and friends and his mother, for creating such a beautiful and conscientious and curious and incredibly kind human being, who filled everyone with such positivity and joy and humor and gratitude for having known him... we will carry him in our hearts, his forever fans.
Love to you all
Alex Griffith
February 13, 2019
I met Ari when I was a sophomore in high school and he was a junior. I was completely in awe of him, I had never met anyone like him that was our age at the time. He had so much charisma and swagger for a boy of 17. Every girl wanted to be his girlfriend, including me!

Ari was unbelievably kind, thoughtful, charming and funny! When we were teenagers he took at trip to Nicaragua and came back with a motorcycle license plate for my mom to add to her collection. Looking back, the fact that a young man of maybe 19, had the wherewithal to purchase something so thoughtfu is incredibly rare! I have that tiny license plate to this day in my house.

Ari bought my brothers car from my family in 2004. My brother, Dustin, passed away in 2000. He told me one day, I dont think your brother likes that Im driving his car! He told me how the gas gaudge would fluctuate and the windows would roll up without him touching a button. Im not sure if he liked it or found it creepy, but it gave me a sense of comfort.

The last time I saw Ari was at a friends wedding August 2017. He was so excited to meet my husband, Simon, and tell him of a time he saw me on the street early one morning, 8 years prior, coming from his apartment. He was so thrilled and giddy to tell Simon that I looked so happy that morning and how I shared with him that I had found the one. I also met Dunia for the first time at the wedding. He was so excited to introduce me. He told me her name means the WORLD. The way he said that, I can see how his face lit up and his eyes got wide. Because she was the world to him.

Ari, you are sorely missed.

My heart goes out to his whole family.

Quinn Levine
Quinn Levine
February 3, 2019
One summer day in August 2014, I had the pleasure of spending a day with Ari and Dunia in/around Lake Tahoe. They let me tag along on their hike in Truckee. I had been coming to a Truckee since I was 10 but I had never done a hike and it was amazing. I got a glimpse into Ari and Dunias relationship and was very envious at how well suited they were for each other. Later that night I met them at a casino in Incline Village, NV. Ari won a ton of money on two back-to-back spins at Roulettr, with 00 hitting both times. Ever since then I always play 00.
Jordan Yellen
January 31, 2019
Ari was truly good human, one of the ones you're always a bit surprised you actually got to meet in your life. Smart, dedicated, loyal, funny, a little prickly but in a way that made you love him more. Marcus and Ari corralled Lauren, Katie and I into a way-farther-than-expected canoeing trip one weekend in upstate NY. It was one of best random weekend adventures I'd ever been shanghai'd in to--full of humor, adventure, friendship, and all the good things Ari made matter in his life.

I like this photo best, of all the ones we took. The caption for it on Facebook reads:

"That was the expanse of Lake we crossed."
-- with Ari Diaconis and Marcus Cohlan
Lars Dabney
January 29, 2019
Ari was one of the kindest, funniest, smartest, alive-est people Ive ever known. His crackling intensity was contagious. His intellectual curiosity was inspiring. Its hard to talk about him except in superlatives. He will be remembered so fondly by so many.
Stephen Wirth
January 29, 2019
You are missed every minute of every day, but our hearts remain full of wonderful memories. We honor your life by having you with us in everything we do.
January 16, 2019
Ari was one of those rare people that made me feel truly welcome. He had a heart filled with kindness and humility. When I think of Ari, I think of a true gentleman!
The first time I met him was at a dinner party that he was hosting at his place in DUMBO. I remember thinking to myself: Wow, this young guy is very handsome, a great cook, and such a nice person.
I was very sad to learned of his passing. He had the gift of warm kindness and humility. I wish I had shared more moments with him, but I do treasure the memories I have of him. RIP Ari.
My condolences to his family.
Delmy Sabio
January 8, 2019
As long as I can I will look at this world for the both of us. As long as I can I will sing with the birds, I will laugh with the flowers, I will pray to the stars for both of us.

"Death leaves a heartache impossible to heal;
Love leaves sweet memories no one can steal."

Ari, You burned bright and fast but your impact lives on and that's the important thing.
December 15, 2018
Your friends and family miss you terribly every minute, every day, but you live on through us and our love for you. You touched us. You showed us. You taught us. Now you are in us. Now we are you. With us you hear music and laugh and read and love. With us you succeed and fail and learn and play. With us you know sorrow and joy. Because all these things we do while remembering you, honoring you, loving you. You are with us. You are us. So as we go on missing you, we will go on living and thus do you, inside us. That is the strength of the impact you have had on all of us. But because most of all you loved to laugh, (it is easy to picture you laughing) we will go on living to give you something to laugh at!!
Your family, friends and everyone you touched
December 15, 2018
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye
December 15, 2018
You are so deeply missed. Love to you, Donna
October 15, 2018
Say not in grief "he is no more" but in thankfulness that he was.
Hebrew proverb
September 23, 2018
"Your body is away from me
But there is a window open
from my heart to yours.
From this window, like the moon
I keep sending news secretly."
September 7, 2018
To examine life having lived with chronic disability is to survey earth from outer space: the details and trappings of pettiness and ego disappear and give way to the sweeping mountains and turquoise oceans that are the pillars of human happiness -- namely love and peace.
Ari Diaconis, 12/14/17
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In the rising of the sun and in it's going down,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick of heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now part of us, as
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of the birds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
We Remember Them, Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Reimer
August 12, 2018
Also touched by this young man and his story. His essay of love and life and staying in the present was endearing. Sending peaceful loving vibes to Dunia and Alix and all who loved Ari.
Karen Mears
April 26, 2018
Touched by his story. Lucky to have had Dunia by his side. My heartfelt condolences!
April 22, 2018
Like others, I read Ari's story on Modern Love. His story and words touched me, so I googled him to learn more about him. He had a beautiful light within him and I'm so sorry to learn of his passing. Thank you for sharing his words with us all.
Karen Gordon
April 17, 2018
Ari chose to stay overnight at Alex Sackheim's house. I was standing in the kitchen and saw Ari climbing up the drain pipe, across the skylights and scurry into the window of Alex's bedroom. I went upstairs and knocked on Alex's door. When Alex partially opened the door, I said, "Tell Ari he could have come in the front door." Ari pulled open the door and said, "I had a purpose that required a challenge until it didn't."
Donna Zucchi
April 2, 2018
What a blessing this young man was and will continue to be.
A stranger Who read his story
March 31, 2018
I remember Ari and Marcus waking me up and sneaking out of the house when they were about 14 and sitting in my car as if they were thinking they could jump start it and take a ride into town. And then I remember last November taking Ari whom I loved and admired to Lever House for lunch and talking about love, life and art with real hope for the future.
Joanna Cohlan
March 27, 2018
Ari touched 4 generations of the Kelly Family in Chappaqua.
1. Nanny and Poppy,
2. Colby and Cameron Kelly-he was a frequent, welcome visitor to both homes,
3. Katie, Robin and Phoenix Kelly, the "Kelly Girls" - Cameron's daughters, and Devon and KiCo - Colby's kids,and Dave Sederbaum - Phoenix's husband, a special friend,and
4. Baby Marshall - Katie's son, now 1 and 1/2 years.
Cameron Kelly
March 26, 2018
To Ari family and Dunia, the love of his life.
My deepest condolences.
I was so touched by Ari article in the NYT
and was devastated when I learned he had died.
What a beautiful and loving person. He will be missed by all that he touched. He touched me, a stranger, his story will remain with me forever .
March 21, 2018
Ari's life, though short it seems. It was a life so rich, so full, so free. To your family who mourns, please take comfort in knowing that he lived a very good life. He is sadly missed.

Marie Chambers
March 20, 2018
Marie Chambers
March 20, 2018
I am so moved by this essay. My love to all who share Ari's life, May he forever
be with us!
Oscar Arce
March 20, 2018
Like so many of you I was moved by the Modern Love essay and heartbroken to hear of Ari's passing. A beautiful soul that we all wished we could have met. Dunia, we are touched by his love of you and hope the sweetness
of his love has touched the depth of your being to move you to even greater things.
Janet Schroeder
March 19, 2018
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Ari in this life but I am absolutely certain that we lost a very special person. Undoubtedly, his family has more than a lifetime of great memories and lessons learned from Ari's too-brief life. May he rest in peace.
Lazarus Goanos
March 19, 2018
I just read the NYT essay. I never met Ari. In fact, I have known about him only for the last 15 minutes. And now I feel a part of him lives on in my thoughts. Your loved one has already changed me, thank you.
March 19, 2018
Peace to all who loved Ari. His expression of love is an inspiration.
Donna Wolff
March 18, 2018
I was very moved by the essay Ari wrote that appeared in today's Times. The world would have undoubtedly benefitted from more time with Ari. I'm so sorry for your loss.
March 18, 2018
We just finished the Modern Love article in the Times. I remarked it was the best one I had every read. So saddened upon googling him, in order to email him my praise, that he had passed away. Condolences to the love of his life and his family.
Mary White
March 18, 2018
Dunia; I am so sorry for your loss. How lovely to have been loved by Ari
March 18, 2018
I just read Ari's Modern Love column and I was so moved by his story. I felt very saddened to read that he had passed away. What a thoughtful and courageous man. I want to express my deepest condolences to Ari's family and to Dunia.
Sharon Greene
March 18, 2018
I was so moved by the Modern Love essay in today's Times,and so sad to learn that this brilliant life had ended. My condolences to all that will miss Ari.
Suzanne Wechsler
March 18, 2018
I was so moved by Ari's wonderful essay in today's New York Times, and then was so saddened to read the note below telling of Ari's death. What an incredibly accomplished and insightful man the world has lost. I wish I had had the opportunity to know him. My deepest sympathy to Dunia and to all of Ari's family and friends.
Ellen Goldman
March 18, 2018
We never hung out, never shared a drink or spoke face-to-face or otherwise, yet your words touched and moved me. Be at peace sweet man.
March 18, 2018
While I did not personally know you, I didn't have to in order for you to touch our hearts. As a fellow former biglaw associate of many years, also suffering from POTS and numerous other neurological conditions, and many more similiarities in our stories, I am not quite sure why your story has ended and mine has not. All I can say is it doesn't take much to see you have left such a lasting legacy in the hearts of those who met you even briefly, and even my family reading about you, that your light remains strong in the world. We are all better for it. Thank you Ari.
March 17, 2018
Also only know Ari from the gorgeous, heartbreaking Modern Love column.I want to send a big virtual hug to Dunia and all of his family and friend who are grieving his exit from this world.
Helen Jameson
March 16, 2018
To Ari's friends and family:
I only knew Ari from his essay published in the New York Times, and, yet, those paragraphs told me so much about his beautiful spirit and unwavering determination. After reading the essay I wished I had an opportunity to know him. I was very saddened to learn that he had passed away. My sympathies to all who knew and loved him. I can only imagine how the light of his presence will be missed.
Penelope White
March 16, 2018
Congratulations on being so loved!
March 16, 2018
I don't think I've ever met someone as intense and self-assured as you. You had a way of convincing me you were always right and you were MOSTLY right. I enjoyed playing music with you and discussing it. I liked living with you and the silent, intense art projects you brought to our home in Red hook. I wish I'd seen more of you these last few years. I especially appreciate the time you gave me a ride on the Vespa, and only later told me how nearly we were blown over on the Brooklyn Bridge. I'll miss you and want you to know what an influence you've had on my life.
Joanna Yagerman
March 11, 2018
Before Ari moved into Park Place with Sarah Corey, Elena Cordova and myself, he briefly lived in our neighborhood and would come over when he was sick of being in his studio. One night he came over because he was thinking about what he was going to do next-at the moment he was thinking about becoming a Cop! That night we talked him out of it, and he stayed for hours, shooting the breeze. It was just one example of what made Ari great-he was an excellent conversationalist who could talk about anything. I'll sincerely miss the wild conversations about anything and everything.
Aly Fox
March 11, 2018
When Ari was living with myself, Aly Fox and Sarah Corey, he was studying for the LSAT and making some pretty rad conceptual art work (that was Ari-able to think like a lawyer and an artist). I remember having coffee with Ari at the kitchen table when his LSAT scores came in. He opened the envelope and looked very alarmed. I asked him if he was okay and he looked up and said "I can't believe this-I got a perfect score." We jumped around and I told him he was brilliant and he was. Our UVM crew will miss him dearly and he will forever be a friend in our hearts.
Elena Cordova
March 10, 2018
I knew Ari in college, and probably knew his leg tatto before I knew his name.It was a treat to live with him for a handful of months, and he was a bolt of curiosity and energy and drive.I remember him talking in our kitchen about memory palaces - a method he was using to study for the LSATs. I've been looking for the right room in my own memory palace to keep Ari, and maybe it will have to be an entire home, an entire building, an entire state, planet. He will be there. I'm thankful to have known him and to have had his friendship. I'm sending love and deep gratitude.
Sarah Corey
March 9, 2018
May this candle light your way home.
March 6, 2018
Ari you were a gifted, brilliant, talented, amazing person. Your heart was true and genuine. You laughed without care. You discovered your passions, and followed your dreams. You lived your life, your way, to the absolute fullest . You reached peaks that most of us aspire to reach. You are loved, and missed, my beautiful nephew. May God take you in his loving arms, may you be healed.
Love ❤ from Aunt Bettyjean
Bettyjean Kriss Moreau
March 6, 2018
While Ari is no longer physically with us, his spirit is always around us. I will forever and ever remember his wonderful smile, his inquisitiveness, and the witty wonderful person Ari was and became. Ari was an amazing person that will be missed dearly.
Love you always and forever, Aunt Donna
Donna Fabrizio
March 6, 2018
our prayers go out to your family ,Aunt Barb , Uncle Ed Steigerwald
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Ari, Thirty-three years was not enough time to love you and enjoy your charm, humor and intelligence. But I have 33 years of joyous memories of an amusing and curious baby, toddler, young man and finally the impressive, inspiring adult you became.

The gift of being able to love you and participate as you grew up is one of my life's greatest joys. Future life joys will be diniminshed without you, but your cousins describe you as a supernova, burning brightest but fast. I will live in peace with that reality .

So while I cannot conceive that the delightful little boy and charismatic man is no longer in this world, I will cherish so many memories, moments, holidays, celebrations, struggles, dinners and conversations, especially our last glorious, beautiful, long afternoon in Bryant Park.

You will be missed and thought of everyday.
I will forever be your Tissy.
February 11, 2018
Ari, when I would come to visit and you entered the room it would light up with your smile and the sparkle in your were always fully engaged in our conversations...contemplation seemed to come so naturally to you and you took the time to listen and think before sharing your views... our conversations were always one of the highlights of my trip. Like a ship, you leave a wake in your passing, but that wake is the joy and happiness at having shared time with will be missed my friend. John Rabinowitz
John Rabinowitz
February 10, 2018
Ari was a beloved nephew and friend. Having lost a son myself, this enormous loss hits home.
You don't meet many people like Ari in your lifetime. I am grateful to have known him. He was exceptionally talented in every way, but I will especially remember how he made everyone, young and old, feel important and valued. Ari was gifted in the art of listening and giving of his time: He remembered things about me; he believed in our relationship when others didn't; and he gave of himself emotionally are just a few things people said about him. My favorite memory is the first time my daughter and I visited Ari in NY. He drove to numerous stores to find basketball netting, installed it, and then shot hoops with her in the driveway. After she lost her older brother, he always showed compassion and acted like a big brother to her.
He never spoke unkindly of anyone. He was gracious, humble, adventurous, and wise beyond his years. He accomplished so much in his short life, and his legacy lives on in the many lives he enriched.
Love never dies.
Kate Allen-Rabinowitz
February 9, 2018
As Ari's uncle, I always thought we had a special relationship. He visited me often in Tahoe, and he was best man at my wedding. What I learned over the course of sitting shiva for him over the past couple of days was that Ari had a special relationship with so many people from all walks of life. I honestly don't know how Ari did this. He had an immediate connection with my children and they adored him. He had serious conversations with my teen age daughter via text and Instagram, and son says that Ari always recalled something personal about him, even though they only met a handful of times. Ari accomplished so much in his short life, whether as a lawyer, a musician, or POTS advocate, but I will remember him for his incredible warmth and humanity. I am so sad the world has lost him too soon, but I am glad I could call him a friend for as long as I did.
Anthony Rabinowitz
February 7, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dian and the family of Ari whose light in the world will never be extinguished but will continue to shine bright in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him. May the choirs of angels come and greet you, may they lead you to paradise. May the Lord enfold you in His mercy, may you find eternal life.
Linda Masin-Cataldo and family
February 6, 2018
May his memories live on in the hearts and prayers of love ones bringing comfort as he R.I.P
February 4, 2018
We mourn the passing of this extraordinary young man. What a terrible loss. in peace, Linda & Victor Fried
February 4, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time.
Terri and Ed Lobermann
February 4, 2018
What a dear young man! I will always remember his kind, thoughtful ways. So happy to hear how many other lives he touched and in such profound ways. I knew him from his younger years at Bedford Presbyterian Church. He was quick with a hug for an old friend.
Andrew Strawcutter
February 3, 2018
Dian, I am so sorry to learn about Ari. Losing a child is devastating. Reading what others wrote, he was a talented young man with a bright future and he was taken far too soon. I'm just sorry we were unable to know him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Betty
Betty Larkin
February 3, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. He will be sorely missed.
Mark Rosenberg
February 2, 2018
I remember Ari as a young boy with an infectious smile and a sparkle in his eyes who you knew was someone very special, waiting patiently to sing his song, follow his dreams and make his mark on this world! "Good night sweet Prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"
Bea Gavish
February 2, 2018
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14*
February 2, 2018
My heart breaks to learn that Ari is no longer here to spread his goodness to the world. In the short life he had it is heart warming to see he lived it well, defined by his joy in helping others and following all his passions with gusto. Even as a teenager he held himself and others accountable to better the world and had a curiosity that was insatiable. As a teenager, you would just look into those eyes and see the enormous potential that he held in his soul. My 31 year career at Greeley is coming to a close,in the process of this decision I have spent time reflecting back on all the many teenagers that I have had the honor of working with. Ari was one of them. He will always be my unforgettable.
Amy Griswold- Valentin
February 2, 2018
I met Ari on a community service trip to Nicaragua in high school. He was bright,funny, hardworking, and selfless, and he was a natural magnet for everyone, both other students on the trip and the Nicaraguans we were working with. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing, it seems like he had achieved more in his 33 years than most people do in a lifetime.
Paloma Espinoza
February 2, 2018
So sorry about Ari May he Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mary Lekacos
February 2, 2018
I never met Ari, but I remember reading news stories about his bicycle trip for POTS awareness. As a journalist with POTS, Ehlers Danlos and more, my diagnoses and struggles mirrored a similar timeline as his. It encouraged me to know that others as hardworking as Ari were out there, that I wasn't alone, that we mattered. Few things provide that feeling, and I was so grateful to Ari and Alix. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Emily Johnson
February 2, 2018
Ari was excellent.

I met him through a mock negotiation exercise in a class in law school. We were scheduled to oppose one another.

I had no experience. So before class, Ari taught me.

I won't ever forget that.
February 2, 2018
As a young teacher, working with Ari helped define who I was to become both as an educator and as a person. I can still hear his laugh and sharp wit. I'm so sad to know that he's gone.
jon hirsch
February 1, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear about his passing.
Rachel Sheldon
February 1, 2018
Almost two years ago, I met Ari for coffee in Astoria to commisserate about POTS. He understood what it felt like and I had never met another person with it. I felt no one could ever possibly understand but he did. He was a really nice guy and he gone too soon. Him and his sister did so much to raise awareness for this condition and it is so appreciated by the POTS community. May he rest in peace.
Jessica H.
February 1, 2018
Ari, you were an absolute gem of a human being with nothing but kindness, integrity, humor and love in your soul. What a beautiful man you were. You left far too soon but will forever be remembered as someone who made every single persons life better by knowing you. All my love.
Margot Gerster
February 1, 2018
Ari was a blessing to the world - any space lit up as he entered. He will be greatly missed but his courage in understanding Dysautonomia will continue as a legacy intended to help others.
Joanna Cohlan
February 1, 2018
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