Maryanne Hanson Alix, wife of turnaround entrepreneur Jay Alix, is believed to have drowned last week in the Greek Isles, where the couple was vacationing with their two children.
Mrs. Alix, 45, a former corporate development executive for J.P. Industries, failed to return from a wave runner ride in the Aegean Sea, where the Alixes' chartered boat
was moored. An extensive search was launched by Greek police and military,
local fishermen and shepherds, family and friends from both France and
Michigan. Searchers retrieved the wave runner machine late last Wednesday, but were
unable to find Mrs. Alix. The search was called off late Saturday night.
Her sense of joy and adventure, her generosity and concern for others,
her enthusiasm and curiosity about life in general are the legacies she has
left not only to her children, but to all the rest of us who knew her, said
Susan Hollobaugh, a longtime friend from Grosse Pointe Park.
Mrs. Alix retired from her career at J.P. Industries when she and her husband, the founder of Southfield-based Jay Alix & Associates and Questor Partners Funds, had children. She
also had ran her family's industrial abrasives business, The Hanson Co., in Ferndale,
until 1985, and again after her father's death in 1997.
Mrs. Alix was an active fundraiser for Democratic races, hosting First
Lady Hillary Clinton in her home on two occasions and raising funds for
presidential, Michigan legislative and Detroit mayoral races.
In addition to her husband and children, Christine and Anika, Mrs. Alix is
survived by her mother, Betty Hanson, of Birmingham.
A private sunset ceremony for family and friends involved in the search
was held at sea Sun. near Naxos, Greece, about 90 miles southeast of Athens.
A memorial service will be held August 16, at 2 p.m. in the Southfield Centre for
the Arts, 24350 Southfield Rd., north of Mt. Vernon in Southfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, 2950 31st St., Santa Monica, CA
90405; or the University Cancer Foundation, Attn: Laura Stern, 4000 Town
Center, Southfield, MI 48075; or the SRO Institute of Music, 1901 E. 11 Mi.
Rd., Royal Oak, MI, 48067.