OBITUARY

Matthew Scott Isakowitz

August 27, 1987May 25, 2017

Matthew Scott Isakowitz, beloved son of Monica and Steve Isakowitz. Loving brother of Jennifer, Rachel, and Sophie. Devoted grandson of Vera and the late Paul Isakowitz, Elaine and the late Irving Baker, and Mike Sponder and Ann Lewis. Adored nephew and cousin. Matthew was a kind, generous, wise, and compassionate person whose smile and humor lit up the room. He was deeply committed to his family, friends, and his Jewish faith. His extensive research into his family’s genealogy will be treasured for generations. He received an Advanced Studies Diploma from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and earned a Masters Degree in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University. Passionate about space exploration, Matthew found inspiration in Carl Sagan’s words, "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Matthew’s invaluable contributions to the field of commercial spaceflight included working at Astranis, Planetary Resources, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Space Adventures, SpaceX, and the XPRIZE Foundation. He was loved by so many and will be greatly missed. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, May 30th at 10am at National Funeral Home, followed by internment at King David Memorial Garden: 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA. The family will receive friends at 3198 Pond Mist Way, Oak Hill, VA immediately following services, and Wednesday and Thursday 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. In lieu of flowers, please visit www.futurespaceleaders.org and click on the Matthew Isakowitz page.

Services

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 30, 2017
  • King David Service Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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William Blair

January 17, 2018

Your work on SpaceX and XPRIZE will inspire long into the futre!

Martin Valdez-Vivas

January 14, 2018

I recently was reminded of Matt and happened to come upon this site. Matt was my classmate in college and we were in Charter together. When I learned of his passing, my memory went back to the summer of 2010 when we were roommates in DC. Being one of the hardest workers I've met he was hardly ever around, but the few times we did share the occasional conversation or drink I was struck by his frankness and utter lack of pretension. I'm convinced he was headed to accomplish great things. May he rest in peace.

Kevin Russell

November 21, 2017

I met Matthew only once at a conference New Mexico Spaceport inaguration and he was very nice. I just learned today and am very sad for your loss and the loss of his great spirit for the world and commerical space.

Heather Koo

November 10, 2017

I met Matt in elementary school and I have fond memories of growing up with him, going to TJ and oftentimes carpooling to Alexandria together in the early hours of the morning. He was a kind, brilliant soul who reached out to reconnect last year after he moved to LA - I sincerely regret that he left us before we could meet up again. I think about him often after learning of his passing, and he is missed. Sending my deepest condolences to his family.

Daphne Huber

September 14, 2017

I met Matt during graduate school at George Washington University. As students and young professionals, we all hung out at school and work functions around town. Matt was fun to be around. He was not an extrovert, but he wasn't shy. He was a very smart cookie, but not vain about it. He had a strong air of confidence, smiled and laughed often, and at least one of my girlfriends had a crush on him. Matt still inspires me and makes me remember very happy times.

August 21, 2017

You are on my mind & in my heart every waking hour. I miss you, your voice & your special loving phone calls. I wish I could wish you a happy 30th in person, but maybe you hear me anyway. As always, I love you, grandma Vera

Jayant Ramakrishnan

June 29, 2017

I met Matthew at NASA JSC at an industry day event. I admired his passion for space and we became good friends. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to the family on this great loss. My prayers for the family.

June 28, 2017

Arnie and I grieve for your loss. We send our deepest sympathies.
Eleanor Aldrich

June 25, 2017

Dear Steve & Monica,
Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your son, Matthew.
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Debra Emmons & Paul Regulinski

Shirley McCarty

June 17, 2017

I did not know Matthew, but I can imagine the loss the family is enduring. So young, so brilliant, so talented, and so so sad. Treasure the memories.