Alex died Aug. 17, 2020, in Normal, Ill.
He was born in 1968 in Ukraine and immigrated to America with his family in 1980. In high school Alex was both a Pennsylvania and New Jersey state champion gymnast, attracting the attention of the Princeton gymnastics team. At Princeton Alex competed in gymnastics and was a member of Cloister.
Alex joined the Army in 1989, served in the 24th Infantry, and earned two achievement medals during the Gulf War. After leaving the Army he lived and worked in Colorado, then Princeton, before settling in Illinois, where he worked for State Farm as a data specialist.
In addition to his service to country, Alex was dedicated to his community, making both financial and personal-time contributions to organizations as varied as HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, National Immigration Law Center, Equal Justice Initiative, International Refugee Assistance Program, Home Sweet Home Ministries — Midwest Food Bank, Equal Citizens, and Trenton, N.J.-based Isles.
Alex is survived by his parents, Isaak and Bela Goldman; his sister, Marina Goldman; his brother-in-law, Dimitri Markov; his niece, Jesse; and loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.