Sept. 19, 2001
Still more Maryland residents are dead or missing in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Amelia Fields, 38, a clerical worker who had been transferred to the Pentagon on Sept. 10, is listed as missing.
Mrs. Fields grew up in Somerset County on the Eastern Shore.
She lived with her husband, William Fields, near Fort Meade and was excited about starting a new job, a family member said.
"That was where she wanted to be and what she wanted to be doing," said her cousin, Marjorie Miles. "We can find comfort in that."
"She is probably one of the warmest people I have ever known," Miles said. "Open, honest, a person of integrity."
- Liz Bowie
Antoinette M. Sherman of Forest Heights in Prince George's County died yesterday of burns received in the Pentagon attack.
- Associated Press
Sept. 18, 2001
Yesterday brought word of more Maryland residents killed or missing in Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Gerald P. Fisher
"Geep," as he was known since childhood - given his initials, G.P. - was in the fourth corridor of the Pentagon last Tuesday morning when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
Gerald P. Fisher, a human resources consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, was 57.
He had worked for the firm for 14 years.
"He had several contracts at the Pentagon," said Alexis N. Radocaj, a family friend. "He'd be there a couple times a week."
Ms. Radocaj has postponed her wedding to Mr. Fisher's son, Jonathan.
Mr. Fisher enjoyed football games on the weekends, after spending the week on the road and working long hours, Ms. Radocaj said.
"He loved any kind of sport," Ms. Radocaj said. "He could show as much excitement for a neighbor's son's soccer game as the Super Bowl."
Mr. Fisher earned several degrees during his lifetime, including a doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.
He also taught at universities in Texas and Wisconsin during the 1970s and 1980s.
In the late 1960s, Mr. Fisher helped run a door-to-door bagel company called Marx and Hegel, Lox and Bagel, Ms. Radocaj said.
She described Mr. Fisher as "a child of the 1960s."
Born in New York, Mr. Fisher grew up in Los Angeles. He leaves his wife, Christine; his mother; his sister; a son and a daughter.
Scott Powell, 35, of Silver Spring, died in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He worked for BTG Inc. in Fairfax, Va., and provided technical support to the Army.
Last week his older brother, Shaun Powell, a sports columnist at Newsday, described him as a talented musician, a computer whiz, and his best friend.
When the plane hit: "[Scott] just couldn't run fast enough, or far enough, into my arms," Shaun Powell wrote.
- Jason Song
Edmond Young, 22, is listed as missing and unaccounted for in last Tuesday's terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
Mr. Young is an employee of BTG Inc. in Fairfax, Va., and provides information technology support to Army staff. He lives in Owings, Charles County.
- Jason Song
Sept. 17, 2001
Adam White, 25, is among those missing in the collapse of the World Trade Center. An employee of the bond trading firm Cantor Fitzgerald, he worked on the 106th floor of the north tower - a perch his mother thought was far too high.
"It looked like a precarious place to be," said White's mother, Melissa Turnage of Cockeysville. "I wondered how he would get out if anything happened."
White went to Dulaney High School from 1988 to 1989, where he was in the school's drama club and played the doctor in a production of "Death of a Salesman." He finished high school in Atlanta, where his father lives.
He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1998.
"Adam was an extraordinarily passionate young man, and he had a deep love of the environment," said his uncle, Webb Robertson, who called him an avid skier and rock climber.
White parlayed his environmental interests into a job at Cantor that helped power plants reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. He had just returned from Frankfurt, Germany, the Friday before the terror attacks, his mother said.
He has two sisters, Jennifer, 15, and Allie, 14, both students at Dulaney High.
- Stephen Kiehl
Jonas M. Panik
Lt. Jonas M. Panik, 26, is listed among those missing in the attack on the Pentagon.
The naval intelligence officer and his wife live in Odenton. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1997.
Sept. 16, 2001
Lawrence D. Getzfred
Capt. Lawrence D. Getzfred, 57, is among those listed as missing at the Pentagon. He lives in Silver Spring with his wife and their two children.
Mr. Getzfred was on his second stint at the Pentagon, where he worked in the Naval Command Center.
He joined the Navy in 1963, a year after graduating from St. Boniface High School in Elgin, Neb. He went on to a 38-year military career during which he has traveled around the world.
"You know that saying, 'Join the Navy, see the world'?" said his younger brother, Mark. "That was certainly true for him."
- Kevin Van Valkenburg
Sept. 15, 2001
Odessa V. Morris
Tuesday was to be a special day for Odessa V. Morris, a longtime budget analyst for the Department of Defense. She would work until noon at her job at the Pentagon, then spend the day with her husband.
"It was our 25th wedding anniversary," Horace Morris said. "I dropped her off at the subway station at 7:45 a.m. and said, 'See you soon.' We were going to go out for a seafood dinner, and I had some surprises planned."
Mrs. Morris, 54, of Upper Marlboro, is among the missing at the Pentagon, where she began to work in 1997. A government employee for 32 years, she was so close to retiring that she had already made plans for the rest of her life.
"Next year, we were going to start raising goats," said her husband, an English instructor at Howard University.
A native of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Morris is treasurer of New Mount Olivet Apostolic Church of Seat Pleasant. The mother of three "loved to cook," her husband said. "She had cooked and cooked for the church's Labor Day picnic."
"She was always there for all of us," her husband said. "I try to stay busy so I don't think about this, but I am going to have to face it, sooner or later."
-- Mike Klingaman
Max Beilke, 69, of Laurel, a retired Army master sergeant and civilian employee and the last American soldier to leave Vietnam, also is missing at the Pentagon.
A native of Minnesota, Beilke retired from active duty in 1974 and became a civilian employee of the Army 10 years later.
On March 29, 1973, just before boarding a plane to leave Vietnam, a North Vietnamese colonel presented him with a straw-mat painting to commemorate the occasion.
In a 1993 story on the 20th anniversary of his departure, an Associated Press article said that Beilke was "officially designated by the Army" as the last U.S. soldier out of Vietnam.
"He stamped his own orders and flew out, leaving his stamp on the table," the AP said.
Under the terms of a peace treaty with North Vietnam, the last American soldiers would leave Saigon only after a plane carrying prisoners of war left Hanoi.
-- Eric Siegel
Donna Bowen, listed as missing at the Pentagon, spent more than 20 years working for Verizon Communications and its predecessor, C&P Telephone. But her work there is not the first thing that comes to mind when people think of his wife, Eugene Bowen said yesterday from their home in Waldorf.
"Verizon would let her leave work one day a week to work at Berry Elementary," he said, referring to the school in Waldorf where the couple's three children are enrolled. "Whenever she wasn't at work, all her attention was given to children's education. All her spare time, she was down at the school."
Mrs. Bowen, 42, is a communications representative for Verizon under contract to the Pentagon.
A longtime member of Local 2336 of the Communications Workers of America, she has been at the Pentagon three years, working with Army accountants on questions related to their phone bills.
A Boston native, she moved to Waldorf after marrying Eugene Bowen 11 years ago. The couple has two daughters, ages 7 and 10, and a son, 8.
-- Chris Kaltenbach
Robert E. Russell
Robert E. Russell of Oxon Hill, a civilian employee of the Army, is missing at the Pentagon.
Mr. Russell, 52, served in the Army for more than 20 years before taking a civilian job with the Defense Department.
His wife, Teresa, describes him as a prankster. They met when he crashed her Sweet 16 birthday party three decades ago. When she asked what he was doing, he promptly put on Smokey Robinson's "Ooo Baby Baby" and spun her about the room.
"We've been together ever since," she said.
But Mr. Russell, the father of three adult children, was also a serious family man who spent much of his free time renovating the family's 18th-century home, driving his elderly mother around and cooking elaborate meals, generally involving crab.
"He was the man everyone looked up to, that we all depended on," said his wife.
-- Jason Song
Carrie R. Blagburn
Carrie R. Blagburn, also missing at the Pentagon, is an Army budget analyst.
Mrs. Blagburn, 48, of Temple Hills, worked at the Pentagon for nearly a decade.
She and her husband, Leo, both Washington natives, have been married 23 years. They have a daughter, 16.
Leo Blagburn left for work before his wife Tuesday morning, but not before getting a hug. Now, he said, he wishes he had never let go.
"The only thing I can think of is that I love her," he said from their home, where his vigil is being shared by his daughter, two nieces and mother-in-law. "I still love her, and I want her back."
-- Chris Kaltenbach
Ernest Willcher, a 62-year-old North Potomac resident, is among the missing at the Pentagon.
Willcher recently joined the consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton after working for the Army for more than 20 years. He was at the Pentagon on Tuesday on a consulting assignment.
Willcher, married and the father of two, is one of the most seasoned employees at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, said Joyce Doria, a senior vice president at the firm.
"He [has] a quiet ability to interact and share his knowledge with junior staff and help them see the bigger picture," she said. "He [is] one of our biggest assets."
-- Jason Song
Sheila Hein loves gardening, reading, all kinds of sports and her job as a civilian Army employee at the Pentagon. She is listed as missing -- the fifth resident of University Park, population 2,300, killed or unaccounted for after the airliner crash at the Pentagon.
A family of four that had just moved out of the Prince George's County town also was among the plane's passengers.
In the words of her partner and housemate, Peg Neff, Ms. Hein, 51, is "too damn young."
Ms. Hein, a native of Springfield, Mass., served in the Navy for 10 years as a photographer before going to work for the military in a civilian role, Neff said. She held jobs with defense contractors before working at the Pentagon.
For many years she was an Army visual information specialist, but had recently gotten an internship as a budget and management specialist. She earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia Union College and was planning to seek a master's degree.
"She loves to laugh," Neff said. "Years ago she got over taking herself seriously."
-- Michael Dresser
Lt. Tanya Davis could not wait any longer. She still had not heard from her husband, Wayne, 29, a former Army officer who had been at a sales conference Tuesday on the 106th floor of One World Trade Center.
Around noon yesterday she boarded a train for New York City and joined thousands of others searching for missing relatives.
Friends say Tanya Davis, a Navy officer, is optimistic that her husband is alive. The couple, who live at Fort Meade, have an 8-month-old son and a 2-year-old daughter.
"He is a wonderful father, a wonderful husband," said Carolyn Barnett, a family friend. "Anyone who knew him at all could tell he was just in love with Tanya and completely devoted to his kids."
-- Rona Kobell
Willie Troy, 51, of Aberdeen, is a Department of Defense program analyst who works at the Pentagon. He, too, is missing.
He and his wife, Judy, a budget analyst at Aberdeen Proving Ground, returned to the mainland United States last fall after more than two decades of working for the military and living in Germany, Panama and Puerto Rico.
"We wanted to come home," Judy Troy said yesterday.
In 1970, Mr. Troy enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. Injuries suffered in the war worsened over time, and he retired as a disabled veteran after 15 1/2 years.
Mr. Troy has a daughter and granddaughter and is an avid fisherman. He also has several home computers. "He likes to surf the Net and learns a lot from it," Judy Troy said.
Willie and Judy Troy have been married for 30 years. "And it's been nice," she said.
-- Lane Harvey Brown
Cecilia Richard, 41, dotes on the children of her five sisters and one brother, family members said.
A civilian accounting technician for the Army, Mrs. Richard lives in Fort Washington with her husband, Michael, and her retriever, Coby.
On Tuesday morning, older sister Renee Baldwin watched the early television reports of the attack on the Pentagon and immediately called their mother. "I said, 'Mom, they just hit the Pentagon.' I said, 'Mom, Cee works out there,'" Ms. Baldwin said.
As of yesterday, the Army listed Mrs. Richard as missing. Relatives said they had not given up hope, but they realize the prospects are not good.
Samantha L. Allen
Last month, Pentagon budget analyst Samantha L. Allen was sent to Miami on business.
So the 36-year-old Forestville woman turned the trip into a mini-vacation, taking her two children.
"They had a great time," said her mother, Rebecca Lightbourn of Capitol Heights. "They went to Key West ... and met her brother and his family and vacationed together at Disney World. She would always enjoy things like that, going to the zoo, or going to an amusement park. It seemed like she became a kid all over again."
Ms. Allen, a graduate of Suitland High School, is among the people Army officials say are missing from the Pentagon.
Her mother, father, brothers and twin sister are still praying she's alive.
"I'm waiting by the phone for news," Mrs. Lightbourn said. "I hope and pray she's OK. Prayer is all I have at this time, and faith in God."
Mrs. Lightbourn said it wasn't unusual for her and Allen to talk three, four or even five times a night. Not talking to her since Tuesday has been strange.
She last saw Ms. Allen -- who went back to school two weeks ago to earn her degree -- Monday night when she stopped by to pick up her son.
"She was in a happy mood," Mrs. Lightbourn said. "They have to get the budget out, and she was in a happy mood, but I think she was tired. I had some bread pudding I had made for her daddy, and she took some home."
-- Laurie Willis
Daniel McNeal, the son of Towson residents, was killed at the World Trade Center. His body was found and identified late Thursday.
Mr. McNeal, 29, worked on the 104th floor of Two World Trade Center. He was a financial analyst for Sandler O'Neill, an investment banking firm, and lived in New Jersey.
He was a graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School, where he was class president in 1990. He earned a degree in finance from Boston College and gained a master's in business degree from Georgetown University.
He is survived by his parents and a sister.
-- Gerard Shields
William R. Ruth
William R. Ruth, an Army chief warrant officer from Mount Airy, was also in the Pentagon on Tuesday and is missing.
"I'm still praying he's found a pocket in there somewhere and is surviving," said his girlfriend, Darlene Claypool.
Mr. Ruth, 57, is a longtime military man who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and the National Guard during the Persian Gulf war. He is active in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, where he watches Redskins games most Sundays.
He taught middle school in Montgomery County for 23 years before serving in the gulf war. He has one adult son.
-- Jason Song
Ronald Golinski, an Army civilian employee, is missing at the Pentagon.
Mr. Golinski, 60, is from Columbia.
Ada Davis, an Army civilian employee, is missing at the Pentagon.
Mrs. Davis, 57, and her husband, Norton, live in Camp Springs.
Joyce Power, a neighbor, called Mrs. Davis "a very nice person."
"I lived across the street from her for 10 years. She said she was going to retire, maybe in June of this year, but then I was talking to her daughter sometime in July and she said, 'No, girl, Mama's not going to retire. They just gave her a promotion; she's going to stay on longer.'"
The Davises have three daughters and a son.
-- Tricia Bishop
Angelene Carter, an Army civilian employee, also is unaccounted for at the Pentagon.
Ms. Carter, 51, is from Forestville.
Sharon Carver, an Army accountant, is missing at the Pentagon.
Ms. Carver, 38, is from Waldorf.
Patricia Statz, an Army civilian employee, is unaccounted for at the Pentagon.
Ms. Statz, 41, lives in Takoma Park.
Cortez Ghee, an Army civilian employee, is missing at the Pentagon.
Mr. Ghee, 54, is from Reisterstown.
Lisa Young, an Army civilian employee, is missing at the Pentagon.
A resident of Germantown, Ms. Young is 36.
Ted Moy, 48, a civilian employee of the Army, is missing at the Pentagon.
Mr. Moy is from Colesville.
Sandra N. Foster
Sandra N. Foster, a Defense Department employee, is listed as missing.
Ms. Foster is from Clinton.
Shelley A. Marshall
Shelley A. Marshall, also a Defense Department employee, is listed as missing.
Ms. Marshall is from Marbury.
Jimmie Holley, a civilian employee of the Army, is also unaccounted for at the Pentagon.
Mr. Holley, 54, and his wife, Martha Jackson, lived in Lanham before moving to an apartment in Silver Spring.
-- Glenn Graham
Wilson "Bud" Flagg
The victims also included people with ties to the U.S. Naval Academy, including Wilson Falor "Bud" Flagg, a rear admiral in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He and his wife, Darlene, were aboard the jet that crashed into the Pentagon.
Mr. Flagg, 62, was in the Naval Academy Class of 1961.
-- Andrea F. Siegel
Sept. 14, 2001
Life was good for Darin Howard Pontell of Columbia: He married in March, loved his job at the Pentagon and just two weeks ago celebrated his 26th birthday with his wife, Devora Volk, parents, in-laws and grandfather.
Now Pontell, a Navy lieutenant junior grade, is among the 126 people who are unaccounted for at the Pentagon, where a hijacked American Airlines Boeing 757 crashed Tuesday.
But Louis Pontell, 88, isn't ready to accept that his grandson is dead. "They said in the paper it could be 10 to 12 days just to clean everything up," he said last night. "If he was hurt, I don't care. I'll be very happy if he's only hurt."
But Louis Pontell has been watching television since his son, Gary, called with the grim news. He knows things don't look too good.
But he prefers to talk about his grandson -- especially the way he was two weeks ago when he last saw him.
"The party was strictly for family," Louis Pontell said. "They served cake and ice cream. This was at their home, just after dinner. He was very happy, very happy. After all, they're a young married couple."
Darin Pontell, a 1998 Naval Academy graduate, loves computers and works in intelligence at the Pentagon, his grandfather said.
"He was always busy," Louis Pontell said. "I think he did bowl and participate in other activities, but we never talked about it. He's a youngster, I'm an old man. But he was very active and very, very good with computers."
In 1989, the elder Pontell lost another grandson, Steven Pontell, in an airplane crash on the USS Lexington off Pensacola, Fla.
"It's a shameful thing it happened [Tuesday], but I'm praying and hoping that he's alive."
-- Laurie Willis
Gerard Moran, a Navy contractor, was on the job in the newly renovated section of the Pentagon Tuesday. He is among those unaccounted for in the aftermath.
Moran, 39, of Upper Marlboro, is a video-teleconferencing engineer at the Pentagon, said Joyce Moran, his wife of 17 years. He also is an assistant coach for the St. Mary's-Ryken junior varsity softball team and had worked as a lighting technician for such Hollywood films as Enemy of the State, Random Hearts and Contact. He had served in the Navy for five years, where he was a combat photographer.
Joyce Moran said she learned about the attack on the Pentagon while she was checking her e-mail at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland.
"My son called," she said. "I just told him to be patient. No news is good news."
The Morans, who moved to Maryland six years ago, have a daughter, 16, and a son, 14.
Besides coaching at St. Mary's-Ryken, a Catholic private school in Leonardtown, Moran also has coached its power-lifting team.
Gary Padgett, head coach of the softball team, said he had called Moran last week to promote him to assistant coach on the varsity squad. "I'm just praying that they find him," he said. "I didn't find out until this morning, and he's all I've been thinking about all day."
Joyce Moran said her husband is a gourmet cook who enjoys camping and fishing.
"My husband was always a survivor in everything he did," she said. "If there's a way, he will survive."
-- Edward Lee
Marvin R. Woods
Marvin R. Woods, 58, of Great Mills in St. Mary's County, has worked for 18 years as a civilian communications manager for the Navy and has been assigned to the Pentagon since the mid-1990s. He, too, is among the missing.
He spent 22 years on active duty and retired from the Navy in December 1984 as a chief radioman, said Betty Woods, his wife of 29 years.
"The only jobs he ever had was with the Navy, active duty or civilian service," she said. "He spent his whole life taking care of his country.
"He loved his country," she added. "He would not want to give into this terrorism. He would want the U.S. to stand together, to stand firm."
Woods also loves to fish and work with wood, his wife said. They have three children and three grandchildren.
His office is in an area of the Pentagon that had just been renovated. His wife said she knew from watching television reports Tuesday that the airliner had crashed into that part of the building. She said that when she didn't hear from her husband, she held out hope that he was OK, "thinking maybe he was working to help everyone else."
But at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Navy officials came to her house and told her her husband was officially missing.
Yesterday, she said, "My husband's car was brought home."
-- Eric Siegel
Kris R. Bishundat
Administrators at Thomas Stone High School in Charles County made a concerted effort on Tuesday to help students through the terrorist nightmare by offering counseling and historical context.
But school officials could not have known then that one of their graduates, Kris R. Bishundat of Waldorf, was among those missing in the attack on the Pentagon. Bishundat, a Navy information systems technician, expected to celebrate his 24th birthday today.
"He was dedicated and always wanted to have a military career. He was outgoing, very friendly," his father, Bhola P. Bishundat, said from the family's townhouse, where friends and family had gathered.
The elder Bishundat said his son didn't talk much about what he did at the Pentagon.
After the Pentagon was hit, Bishundat family members went to the site to see if they could learn anything about his condition. They hoped he might be trapped in a basement.
-- Jeff Barker
Ronald J. Vauk
Cmdr. Ronald James Vauk, 37, who works in the submarine technology department at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, is among the missing at the Pentagon.
Vauk was at the Pentagon for two weeks as part of his duties for the Naval Reserve. Vauk, who lives with his wife and children in Mount Airy, served six years on active duty in the Navy as a submarine officer. Among many honors, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, and he received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal three times.
A fellow APL worker, who knew Vauk only briefly after her recent transfer to his department, called him the kind of person who made her feel welcome. "He is really, really nice," said Margaret Reed. "He is one of the nicest people."
-- Diana Sugg, Tanika White
Angela Houtz, a civilian employee of the Navy, is also unaccounted for at the Pentagon. Houtz, 27, is from La Plata.
Julian Cooper, a Navy contractor, is among the missing at the Pentagon.
Cooper, 39, is from Springdale.
William E. Caswell
William E. Caswell, 54, of Silver Spring, was a physicist and a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy, said his wife, Jean.
He often made business trips to California on the Dulles-to-Los Angeles route and was on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon Tuesday.
His wife said their daughter heard about the crash and called her at the school where she teaches.
"I checked his flight itinerary and realized he was on that flight," she said last night.
Mr. Caswell, a graduate of Princeton University, also leaves a daughter and a stepson.
-- Walter F. Roche Jr.
Patricia A. Cushing, a retired service representative for Verizon Communications, was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, which slammed into a hillside two miles outside of Shanksville, Pa. The Baltimore native was 69.
Mrs. Cushing, who grew up on Yolando Road in Ednor Gardens, was en route to San Francisco. It was her first flight on a commercial airplane, said her nephew, Steve I. Hasenei of Columbia.
"She's been talking about this trip for a year," Mr. Hasenei said. "She's never been outside the East Coast."
Mrs. Cushing attended Catholic schools in Towson and received a teaching certificate from what is now Towson University. She met her husband, Thomas Cushing, from Bayonne, N.J., at a Baltimore Colts game at Memorial Stadium. She and her husband, who died in 1988, had three sons, two daughters and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Cushing worked for the telephone company in the 1950s before her marriage, then worked in its Bayonne office. She retired last year to care for her mother, Elsie V. Gross of Baltimore. Her mother died in November.
Mr. Hasenei said the family printed out maps to help Mrs. Cushing get around San Francisco. She had planned to return to her home in Bayonne next week.
Hilda E. Taylor
Hilda E. Taylor, a teacher who lived in Forestville, was aboard American Airlines Flight 77. She had been headed to California on a field trip sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Mrs. Taylor, a native of Sierra Leone, taught sixth grade at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, according to her son, Donald Stafford.
-- Associated Press
Ian J. Gray
Ian J. Gray, one of four principals of McBee Associates, a national health care finance and management consulting firm based in Columbia, was a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 77.
Mr. Gray, 55, who lived in Columbia with his wife, Ana Raley, intended to visit Seattle before returning home Sunday, his wife told reporters.
McBee Associates, with offices across the country, has 300 health care clients including hospitals and nursing homes.
"[Ian] was constantly traveling to each office," said Anne M. Bowen, a company secretary for about a year. Ms. Bowen remembers Mr. Gray's "great sense of humor."
Mr. Gray, who emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1968, was scheduled to attend a conference by the Healthcare Association of Southern California. He has been with McBee for about 20 years, Ms. Bowen said.
His wife, the chief executive of Greater Southeast Community Hospital, was at work when she learned of her husband's fate.
"This is horrible," she said. "He was in perfect health. We have been the happiest couple in the world."
-- Michael Scarcella
Sept. 13, 2001
All but one were aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon Tuesday morning.
Sara Clark, 65, taught school for nearly half her life and was looking forward to retirement next year.
She boarded Flight 77 with several children from her sixth-grade class at Backus Middle School in Washington. They were on a class trip to Santa Cruz, Calif., said her close friend John Milton Wesley, 52, a spokesman for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.
"She was originally supposed to go to Florida, but two weeks ago they changed it and told her she was going to California," Mr. Wesley said from the Columbia home he and Ms. Clark shared. The couple had recently returned from a long vacation and Ms. Clark wanted a break from traveling, he said.
Mr. Wesley said Ms. Clark loved children. The couple spent part of Saturday sorting books they had collected for children living in public housing and for students at Backus Middle School.
"The best way I can describe her is she saw the same old world each day with new eyes, and her compassion never blinked," he said.
Ms. Clark earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from North Carolina's Winston-Salem Teachers College, now Winston-Salem State University, in 1962, and a master's degree in special studies and urban learning from George Washington University in 1975.
She leaves a daughter in Laurel and a son in Denver.
Though he continues to watch news accounts of the terrorist attack, Mr. Wesley said he isn't concerned about the investigation into who is to blame.
"That has no collateral value for me," he said. "The only thing I can reflect on is what we had and how much she affected my life. She made me so much of a better person, a better man."
-- Laurie Willis
Leslie A. Whittington, Charles S. Falkenberg, Zoe and Dana Falkenberg
Leslie A. Whittington was a Georgetown University economist who studied the effects of taxation on family behavior. Charles S. Falkenberg, her husband, was a software engineer who headed the volunteer program at his older daughter's elementary school.
Zoe Falkenberg, 8, was a soccer player and talented singer who appeared in a community musical production. Dana Falkenberg, 3, was in pre-school.
The family had just sold their University Park home and were traveling to Australia for Ms. Whittington's sabbatical.
Ms. Whittington, 45, was a longtime University of Maryland educator who became an associate professor of public policy at Georgetown in 1997. Colleagues called her a popular teacher with an active interest in tax policies and the status of women in industrialized and developing countries.
Mr. Falkenberg, 45, was the director of research at ECOlogic Corp. in Herndon, Va. He had recently completed a study of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that found lasting repercussions a decade afterward, according to company spokeswoman Chris Dooley.
Ms. Whittington was the co-author of several papers with James Alm on the effects of taxation on marital decisions, including a 1998 study that found the federal government would gain substantial revenue if same-sex couples were permitted to marry.
Mr. Alm, a Georgia State University professor and a family friend, described Ms. Whittington as "funny, quick-witted and loyal and warm." He said she was a skilled skier and an enthusiastic cook.
Mr. Falkenberg left college to found a computer business but later earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland, Mr. Alm said.
"He was very cerebral in an engaging way," he added.
Mr. Falkenberg and Ms. Whittington "were not only very good neighbors but very good citizens of the community," said University Park Mayor John L. Brunner, who lived across the street from the family.
The family had planned to move to Chevy Chase after their return from Australia in November.
-- Michael Dresser
Renee May, an American Airlines flight attendant, lived in South Baltimore and worked as a volunteer guide at the Walters Art Museum.
She was the oldest of three children and grew up in California. Barbara J. Strong, her aunt, said Ms. May, 39, had been a flight attendant for about 10 years.
Terri O'Heir, an American Airlines flight attendant who lives in Stoneleigh, said Ms. May was "just someone you always liked to see."
"She was lovely. You knew flying with her you were flying with a professional," Ms. O'Heir said.
Gary Vikan, director of the Walters, said he first met Ms. May as a student in a continuing studies course at the Johns Hopkins University eight or nine years ago. She subsequently became a docent at the museum, leading tours for schoolchildren. She often wrote Mr. Vikan detailed messages on issues affecting the museum.
"She was a very quiet, very rare kind of person with wide-ranging interests," said Mr. Vikan, adding that Ms. May was also active in protecting the rights of flight attendants. He said that she once asked him to sign a petition on that issue, which he did.
A friend of Ms. May's told the museum of her death shortly after noon yesterday, said Mr. Vikan.
"Everyone was crying," said Mr. Vikan. "This just sent everyone into shock."
Neighbors described her as an outgoing person who opened her home to children and loved neighborhood get-togethers.
"She was the type of person that would talk to everyone," said Millie Bratcher, 37, who lived two doors away from Ms. May. "She always had a smile on her face."
Mildred Colwell, Ms. Bratcher's mother, said Ms. May would give her a bottle of wine as a present for taking in her packages when the attendant was out of town.
"I said, 'Renee, I don't want nothing.' But she insisted," Ms. Colwell said.
Neighbors said Ms. May had a serious boyfriend who had helped her make some repairs on her house over the weekend.
"He came by [yesterday] to pick up the mail," said Sharon Mondshour, who lives across the street.
-- Eric Siegel and Walter F. Roche Jr.
John D. Yamnicky Sr.
John D. Yamnicky Sr., a retired naval aviator who lived in Waldorf, was 71.
Mr. Yamnicky had worked for Veridian Corp., a defense contractor, since his retirement as a captain in 1979. He was working with military aircraft and weapons systems, said his son, John, 39.
Mr. Yamnicky was en route to California on a business trip, his son said. He took Flight 77 to California several times a month.
"He never talked about his work," said Cindy Sharpley, who has known the Yamnicky family for about 20 years.
But Mr. Yamnicky, a 1952 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who became a Navy test pilot, flying an A-4 attack plane, would sometimes tell stories from his travels and Navy service in Korea and Vietnam.
"He crash-landed five times and walked away from them each," Ms. Sharpley said. "But not this last one."
Mr. Yamnicky graduated from the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River in 1960.
"He had done a number of black programs -- which means top-secret," said his son. "We were given no details."
Mr. Yamnicky worked on the development of the F/A-18 fighter jet, said his son.
Mr. Yamnicky, who served on aircraft carriers, became a captain in 1971, when he was stationed at Patuxent River, then worked the office of the Secretary of Defense. Among the many decorations displayed on the walls of his Waldorf home, Ms. Sharpley said, are the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy Expeditionary Medal.
A native of Barren Run, Pa., Mr. Yamnicky received a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University in 1966.
He is survived by his wife, Jan; four children; and eight grandchildren.
-- Michael Scarcella
James D. Debeuneure
James D. Debeuneure, 58, an elementary school teacher from Upper Marlboro, was flying to California to attend a National Geographic Society conference.
The society was sending him, two other Washington teachers and three students to the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary, near Santa Barbara, Calif. The work would have included marine monitoring activities, hiking and kayaking to several of the study areas.
National Geographic Alliance coordinators selected the students and teachers participating in the program.
Mr. Debeuneure was a fifth-grade teacher at Ketcham Elementary School in southeast Washington. He taught for about 20 years, said his son Jacques, 32.
A native of Whitesville, N.C., Mr. Debeuneure graduated from Johnson C. Smith College in Charlotte, N.C., with a degree in psychology and education. A father of three, he had lived in Upper Marlboro for about 17 years.
-- Michael Scarcella
Michele M. Heidenberger
Michele M. Heidenberger had been a flight attendant for 27 years when she boarded American Airlines Flight 77 for an early flight bound for Los Angeles.
The Dulles-L.A. route was new to her, and she was trying to switch back to the Dulles-Miami route.
She was 52 and married to Thomas P. Heidenberger, a pilot for US Airways. They lived in Chevy Chase and have two children, a 14-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter who attends Loyola College in Baltimore.
"She was very vibrant, a friend to everyone, very unselfish about everything" said neighbor Peter Dove.
Mrs. Heidenberger was very involved in community service, such as delivering groceries to the elderly, and was also a tennis player.
"For every one of us, at some point of our lives when we needed help, she was always the one there for us," said her sister-in-law, Betsy Heidenberger.
Michele Heidenberger was trained in how to deal with a hijacking five years ago, her sister-in-law said. "Knowing Michele, she was probably the one who would have approached them first and said, 'You can't go into the cockpit.' We have no doubt that she probably confronted these guys," Betsy Heidenberger said.
The family released a short statement yesterday, saying that Mrs. Heidenberger "died trying to protect her passengers and crew."
"We know her to have been an unselfish, caring mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. She died a hero, putting her passengers and crew first. We know if she were with us today, she would join with family and friends in extending deepest condolences and sympathy to all who have suffered a loss in this tragic event. We know everyone will miss her too much for words."
-- Jon Morgan. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Todd H. Reuben
An accomplished lawyer and certified public accountant, Todd H. Reuben, 40, was on his way to Los Angeles to set up a joint venture for a client. He was due home yesterday.
Mr. Reuben of Potomac worked out of the Washington office of Venable, Baetjer & Howard and was blessed with a keen mind for complex taxation, real estate and business law.
"He was one of the most dynamic younger partners in our business transactions area," said James L. Shea, managing partner of the 420-lawyer firm, which also has offices in Baltimore.
Mr. Reuben came to Venable through its acquisition of a Washington-based firm two years ago. A 1983 graduate of Emory University, he earned his law degree from George Washington University in 1989.
"He was very bright and very engaging," said Mr. Shea. "He was very hard-working; ... he would work hard and deal with that stress but come out of it with a smile."
He and his wife, Vivian, had 11-year-old twin sons. Mr. Reuben was zealous about attending the boys' hockey games and taking them to watch the Washington Capitals.
"He was one of the guys who was bright and had wonderful values," Mr. Shea said.
-- Jon Morgan
Charles F. Burlingame III
A 1971 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Charles F. Burlingame III was captain of American Airlines Flight 77.
He would have celebrated his 52nd birthday yesterday, said his brother, Mark W. Burlingame of Lancaster, Pa.
Mark Burlingame said his brother was in the Navy Reserve and had worked in the same area of the Pentagon where the airliner crashed. He also was organizing a 30th reunion for his Naval Academy class.
He leaves a wife, Sheri, a daughter and a grandson.
Born in Baltimore, Honor Elizabeth Wainio grew up in Catonsville and went to college in Towson. A district manager in New Jersey for the Discovery Channel's retail stores, she was traveling on Flight 93 Tuesday morning from Newark for a meeting in San Francisco.
Ms. Wainio, who lived in Watchung, N.J., was 27.
A 1991 graduate of Catonsville High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Towson University in 1995. She had worked in retail stores during college and had developed a great interest in what it took to make a store successful, said her stepmother, Esther Heymann of Catonsville.
Ms. Wainio, who helped oversee the 1999 opening of the Discovery Channel Store at Harborplace in Baltimore, truly had a deep joy of living -- "joie de vivre," her stepmother said.
"She was just one of the most enthusiastic people," Ms. Heymann said. "She treasured and cherished her friends."
Besides her stepmother, Ms. Wainio is survived by her father, Ben Wainio of Catonsville, and her mother, Mary White of Port St. Lucie, Fla., a brother and a sister.
On Sunday, Ms. Wainio had returned from a two-week trip to Europe, where she had attended the wedding of longtime friends in Florence, Italy, and visited another friend in Paris. Ms. Wainio had told Ms. Heymann the trip was fabulous.
"She said, 'After Paris, what else could there be?'"
-- Gail GibsonCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun