Alexander Kokolios, 53 of California, MD, died September 12, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on December 16, 1968 in Wuppertal, West Germany to the late Dimitrios Kokolios and Elsbeth Schafer Kokolios.

In addition to his beloved wife, Gayle, Alex is also survived by his children: Evelyn Kokolios of California, MD, Lucas Kokolios (Emily) of California, MD, and Nikolas Kokolios of California, MD; his siblings: Monica Prior (Barry) of Rocklin, CA, Stefan Kokolios (Lori) of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, and Katrin Honeycutt (Mike) of Fairfield, CA; and many extended family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

On June 26, 1977, Alex’s family moved from Wuppertal, Germany to Northern California in the United States. When they arrived Alex only spoke German and by the time school started he was already speaking English. Alex jumped 5e grade because he was so ahead academically. He graduated from the class of Vintage High School in Napa, California, then attended California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating, Alex was accepted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center and the Joint Institute for the Advancement of Flight Science (JIAFS) program at George Washington University at Hampton, Virginia. JIAFS is a cooperative higher education program between NASA’s Langley Research Center and George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Alex worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center from 1991 to 1993 and graduated from George Washington University with a master’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1993. After graduation, he took a job with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a contractor supporting the Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in southern Maryland. In 1999, he accepted a civil service position with the NAWCAD Flight Dynamics Branch, eventually becoming the Flight Dynamics Team Leader for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. In May 2006, Alex was promoted to Head of the Aeronautical Vehicle Modeling and Simulation Branch and continued in this role until his passing. On November 6, 1993, Alex married his beloved wife, Gayle Leslie Kokolios, in Hampton, Virginia. Together they celebrated over 28 wonderful years of marriage and had three amazing children: Evelyn, Lucas and Nikolas. There is nothing Alex loved more than his family.

One of Alex’s favorite hobbies was football. Growing up, he played travel and high school football. He then went on to coach his boys for their traveling team, Rangers, for 10 years. Both boys continued to play college football and Alex was their biggest fan, attending almost all of their games. He loved watching English Premier League football and his favorite team was Liverpool. His other favorite teams were Bayern Munich and the German national team. Alex also loved nature and hiking. He and Gayle loved to go for walks, hikes and bike rides. They walked almost every night to Solomon Island and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets. Sunday afternoons after church usually included a hike on local trails where they would like to be in God’s creation. Alex has also spent many days hiking and having adventures with his daughter. She was and remains “daddy’s girl”. They shared a love of photography and nature and had deep spiritual discussions.

Alex was a member of the Leonardtown Baptist Church where he enjoyed serving as a Bible teacher and elder. Alex loved people and invested in their lives. After being diagnosed with glioblastoma, he prayed for his recovery because he wanted more time to serve the Lord and his family. Alex was a great teacher of the Word of God, but he always said that what people will remember more than your teaching is how much you care about them. He really took the time to ask questions, listen and show he cared about everyone he met. He also had the best sense of humor and knew how to take any awkward situation and make it comfortable. Alex was a humble man who loved God and led a life that pleased Him. He was the best role model and example for his children and everyone he came in contact with through his work, coaching and teaching.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a celebration of life presided over by Pastor Allen Acker at 1:00 p.m. at Leonardtown Baptist Church, 23520 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Interment will be private.

The bearers will be: Stefan Kokolios, Mark Hutchinson, Bill Darden, Ken Lawson, Dave Stanbery and Matt Toombs.

Memorial contributions can be made to: glioblastomafoundation.org

Condolences to the family can be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, PA


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