The passing of Tino Bassi on September 20th, 2023 came as a shock to all of his family and friends. Tino was a truly special person who achieved so much during his almost 27 years of life, and he was an example of living life to its fullest.
In this spirit, Tino’s family is working to build a digital memorial and celebration of his life. This will be an opportunity for the many people in Tino’s life to read and share stories and memories about the countless ways he impacted them all.
If you have questions or would like to submit your favorite memories, photos, or videos, please contact Tino's brother Alessandro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family would like to provide some information about what happened to Tino, to help foster understanding and closure to those around him.
In his late teenage years, Tino began to develop a severe anxiety disorder. With the support of his family, Tino tried years of intensive therapy, multiple medications, and studied the available scientific literature to try and find relief.
For a while things did improve, and Tino continued on to graduate from UCI and eventually join UCSD’s chemistry department. Here he excelled in the PhD program, published his first scientific paper, made many new friends, and met a wonderful girlfriend. To those around him it seemed that his life was in such a good place — and largely it was — but the disorder quietly continued to wear him down.
During his final years, in an effort to protect those around him, Tino kept much of his struggles to himself. He made it very clear, however, that none of his family, friends, professors, students, or lab mates should feel any guilt or blame for what happened.
The situation was simply outside of anyone’s control, and we need to accept that he is finally feeling the peace that he so longed for.
"I hope that someday we will have a better understanding – one that perhaps permits us to give grace to the one who took their life and see it as something that happened to them, rather than something they did to themselves and others."