May 6, 1995-June 9, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Tony Awaida, 23, of Palo Alto, died unexpectedly on June 9, 2018. He was born on May 6, 1995 in Palo Alto. A 2013 graduate of Palo Alto High School, Tony went on to graduate from UC Santa Cruz in December 2017 with a degree in Computer Science. Tony leaves behind his father Antony Awaida of Palo Alto; his mother and stepfather Janet (Fielding) and Kevin Buck of Laguna Niguel; his brother Alex Awaida of Palo Alto; his step-sisters Sarah Wilson of Nixa, Missouri; and Megan Buck of Portland, Oregon; and many loving extended family and friends.
Tony loved the mountains and the ocean. He was an avid surfer, hiker and all-around outdoors person. He was a kind and loving soul who connected deeply with people and the world around him. Tony held a passionate belief that his generation would impact the world in a positive way and that together they could accomplish anything.
As a living legacy to Tony, the "Tony Awaida Fund for Environmental Solutions" has been established at UC Santa Cruz. This permanent endowment will support the Coastal Science and Policy program, a new interdisciplinary graduate program that will train the next generation of global leaders to examine the interconnectedness of coastal and environmental problems and to facilitate systemic and collaborative solutions.