February 12, 1991 - November 23, 2011
Alexander John Andris Reinis was born on February 12, 1991, to Kevin and Belinda Reinis in San Jose, California. He was the oldest of four children and grew up primarily in Austin, Texas. According to his friends, Alex chose Trinity for the sense of community.
As a first-year, he lived on the ground floor of Miller Hall where he became a part of a group called the “Miller Boys.” Alex was a business major studying marketing and finance. At Trinity, he was involved in the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega and was the president of his new active class. He was also a star on his intramural soccer team and participated in InterVarsity. While studying abroad in London during Fall 2011, Alex contracted meningococcal septicaemia, a disease caused by the same bacteria that triggers meningitis. On November 23, after a short battle with the sickness, Alex passed away in his London dormitory.
Back at Trinity, friends commemorated Alex’s legacy through a KRTU Indie Overnight show hosted by friends Matt Prendergast and Lauren Wilks, in which the duo played Alex’s favorite songs. The Trinitonian also ran a front-page story with the headline “Trinity Remembers Alex.” A celebration of Alex’s life was held Saturday, December 3, at Hope in the City Church in Austin. At the service, which was attended by students, faculty, and the president of the University, bracelets with Alex’s initials and the phrase “Be Awesome” were distributed. Alex regularly used the word “awesome” and the bracelets referenced a recurring theme in his life.
With the passing of Alexander John Andris Reinis, we lost a beloved member of our community. An on-campus memorial service was held January 13, 2012, on Miller Lawn. As someone who is remembered for being a genuine and kind person, as well as a skilled peacemaker, an olive tree was planted on the lawn outside Miller Hall. This tree complements a tree planted in London so that individuals on both sides of the pond may remember Alex and his legacy.
Alex Reinis Memorial Fund
The Alex Reinis Memorial Fund has been established with proceeds distributed among Hope in the City Youth Mission, IES Abroad, and Trinity University.
Contributions may be addressed to:
Attn: Dean Glenesk
401 Congress Ave., Suite 1200
Austin, TX 78701