Syracuse University lost 30 alumni as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States. They are our fellow alumni who, like many of us in years past, hurried out of the cold to get to class; cheered on the Orange athletic teams; stopped at the top of the Mt. Olympus steps to catch a breath; or took a moment on the Quad to listen to the Crouse Chimes. They will remain in our hearts forever.
      Many of our alumni were more fortunate. In the days following the disaster we heard countless “near miss” stories from people who were out of the building for a meeting, or running late and just stepping out of the subway station as debris rained down. Milliseconds made the difference between life and death that frightful day, and we were overwhelmed by the concern shown by SU alumni for each other all over the world.
      We mourn our lost alumni; there are no words that can ease our pain or that of their loved ones. You may not have known all their names, but you are connected by a strong bond. As Syracuse University alumni we’re all part of a caring, global community that shares both joy and sorrow. On September 11, we experienced sorrow of immeasurable scale. In the days that followed, we found some solace in each other.
      May those we lost be at peace and know that they were truly loved.

Lil Breul O’Rourke ’77
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations


The Syracuse University community was deeply affected by the terrorist acts of September 11. Some of our alumni died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, perished aboard one of the airliners used in the attacks, or sacrificed their lives in service to others. Our condolences go out to their families and friends.



William H. Bernstein ’77 (A&S) New York, N.Y.; Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Daniel R. Brandhorst G’87 (LAW) Los Angeles, Calif.; lawyer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, United Airlines Flight 175.

Janice L. Brown (attended SU) New York, N.Y.; accounting department, Marsh & McLennan Companies, WTC.

Timothy G. Byrne ’87 (A&S) New York, N.Y.; investment banker, Sander O’Neill Partners, WTC.

Eric B. Evans ’92 (A&S) Weehawken, N.J.; Aon Corporation, WTC.

Wendy R. Faulkner G’96 (MAN) Mason, Ohio; vice president, Aon Corporation, WTC.

Morton H. Frank ’92 (A&S) New York, N.Y.; institutional sales, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Lisa Fenn Gordenstein ’81 (HD) Needham, Mass.; assistant vice president and merchandise manager, TJX, American Airlines Flight 11.

Brady Kay Howell G’00 (MAX) Arlington, Va.; civilian management intern for chief of intelligence, U.S. Navy, Pentagon.

Jason K. Jacobs ’90 (A&S) Mendham, N.J.; business partner, Fiduciary Trust International, WTC.

Shari Kandell (attended SU) Wyckoff, N.J.; trader, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Michael P. Laforte ’84 (A&S) Holmdel, N.J.; vice president, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Vanessa Lang Langer (attended SU) Yonkers, N.Y.; office manager, Regis USA, WTC.

Stephen J. Lauria ’83, G’87 (MAN) New York, N.Y.; project manager, Marsh & McLennan Companies, WTC.

David W. Laychak G’92 (MAN) Manassas, Va.; civilian budget analyst, Resource Services Washington, U.S. Army, Pentagon.

Eamon J. McEneaney (attended SU) New Canaan, Conn.; senior vice president and limited partner, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Diarelia Mena ’93 (A&S) New York, N.Y.; computer programmer, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Craig D. Montano ’84 (MAN) Glen Ridge, N.J.; government agencies securities broker, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Charles A. Murphy ’87 (A&S) Ridgewater, N.J.; broker, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Capt. Clifford Patterson G’01 (MAN) Alexandria, Va.; Resource Services Washington, U.S. Army, Pentagon.

Laurence M. Polatsch G’93 (LAW) New York, N.Y.; Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Rhonda Ridge Rasmussen G’92 (MAN) Woodbridge, Va.; civilian employee, U.S. Army, Pentagon.

Laura Rockefeller ’81 (VPA) New York, N.Y.; freelance delegate coordinator, Risk Waters Group, WTC.

Norman S. Rossinow ’84 (MAN) Cedar Grove, N.J.; senior vice president, Aon Corporation, WTC.

Paul G. Ruback ’73 (A&S) Newburgh, N.Y.; firefighter, Ladder Company 25, New York Fire Department, WTC.

Michael P. Tucker (attended SU) Rumson, N.J.; vice president, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Joanne F. Weil G’91 (LAW) New York, N.Y.; of counsel, Harris Beach LLP, WTC.

Steven J. Weinberg ’81 (MAN) New City, N.Y.; accounting manager, Baseline (Thomson Financial), WTC.

David T. Weiss ’72 (A&S), G’80 (LAW) New York, N.Y.; vice president and deputy counsel, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.

Charles A. Zion ’69 (A&S) Greenwich, Conn.; senior vice president, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC.


In Sympathy

Our condolences also go out to the Syracuse University and SUNY ESF students, faculty, and staff who lost loved ones.



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