Remembrances and Memorials

The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund wishes to memorialize those with ties to Michigan whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001, and those who risked their lives to aid those affected by the tragedy.

There are a number of lists of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Many are based on the compilation of the Associated Press, which generally uses the resident address at the time of the attacks as the place associated with the victim. Thus, a number of victims who grew up in Michigan, went to school in Michigan, or considered their home to be Michigan are identified with other states.

The Michigan Remembers Fund is aware of many more people with ties to Michigan who were victims, or were affected that day. We consider those who grew up, went to school, or whose family was in Michigan to be “people of Michigan” worthy of remembrance, regardless of their resident address on the date of the attack. We have confirmed, based on multiple other sources, the Michigan roots of the victims listed below. It is our intention to include a remembrance of every confirmed Michigan victim. If you know of a victim who is not recognized here, please contact us.

Michigan Victims

Terence E. Adderley, 22; originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Ted worked for Fred Alger Management at the World Trade Center. He graduated from the Detroit Country Day school in 1997, and then attended Vanderbilt University. During summer breaks Ted worked at Kelly Services in Troy, Michigan. His grandfather founded Kelly Services, and his father served as chairman, president, and CEO.

David D. Alger, 59; grew up in Grosse Point Michigan. Mr. Alger was the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Fred Alger Management, and was among the 35 employees lost in the firm’s 93rd-floor office in the north tower. He graduated from Harvard where he majored in history, and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He also earned the University of Michigan Alumni Achievement Award which “recognizes alumni of the Business School whose attainments in their professional fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the School and benefit to their fellow citizens.” After his death the school renamed the award to the “David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award.” David Alger was known for training analysts in the rigorous research methods he practiced. His elaborate computer-modeling techniques were accompanied by a reliance on old-fashioned legwork. He once dispatched a group of analysts disguised as graduate students to observe the holiday traffic at Toys ”R” Us stores. Mr. Alger is survived by his wife and two daughters, as well as his brother and sister.

Eric Lee Bennett, 29; originally from Flint, Michigan. Eric was a vice president at Alliance Consulting Group, working from his office on the 102 floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower. He attended Kearsley High School in Flint, and received a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University, where he was a center on the football team.

Frank J. Doyle, 39: grew up in New Boston, Michigan. Frank worked in the south tower at the World Trade Center, and was vice president of equity trading for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Mr. Doyle was able to call his wife, Kimmy Chedel, twice during the attacks, and informed her that he needed to stay in the tower to help others. Frank was a graduate of Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills and a loyal Detroit Red Wings fan.  Mr. Doyle survived by his wife, his son Garrett, and his daughter Zoe. He and his family lived in Englewood, N.J.

Barbara Edwards, 58; grew up in Wyoming, Michigan. Mrs. Edwards was a French and German teacher at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born in Germany, and moved to Michigan at age 10. She graduated from Kelloggsville High School in 1961 and from Western Michigan University in 1965. She was traveling on Flight 77 when it was crashed into the Pentagon.

Elaine Myra Greenberg, 56; her sister, Karen Rappleye, lives in Birmingham, Michigan. Ms Greenberg was a financial services consultant for Compaq, and was attending a conference on the 106th floor of tower one, World Trade Center, on the morning of September 11, 2001. She lived in New York City.

Bradley Hoorn, 22; originally from Richland, Michigan. Brad, who grew up in Gull Lake, Michigan and earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in May 2001, was a research associate with Fred Alger Management. He was working on the 93rd floor of Tower 1 at the time of the attacks. He graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1997.

Suzanne Kondratenko, 27; originally from Romeo, Michigan, Senior Consultant, Keane Consulting Group. Ms. Kondratenko grew up in Romeo, Michigan and attended Sacred Heart high school. She was attending a meeting with Aon Insurance executives on the 92nd floor of the north tower at the time of the attacks.

Darya Lin, 32; originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Darya was born in Ann Arbor, and lived there until age 3, when she moved to her mother’s native country of Iran. She returned to Ann Arbor with her family at age 11, and earned bachelors and masters degrees in industrial and engineering operations from the University of Michigan. Darya was working as a senior manager for the Keane Consulting Group out of Chicago, and attending a meeting on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center’s tower two. She was reported to have made it down to the 78th floor after the attacks, and choose to stay there to care for others.

Margaret Elaine Mattic, 51; originally from Detroit, Michigan. Margaret was a Customer Service Account Representative for General Telecom in the north tower of the World Trade Center.  It is reported she asked a friend to call her mother so that she would know that Margaret was trapped inside the tower. According to the Detroit News account of September 5, 2006, Ms. Mattic went to New York to pursue a career as an actress and playwright. She is survived by her sister Jean Neal of Detroit. Ms. Mattic lived in New York. She graduated from Cass Technical High school in Detroit, and graduated from Wayne State University in 1973.

Kathleen Nicosia, 54; mother Phyllis Hawk is from Portage, Michigan and sister Kimberley Meyer is from Tecumseh, Michigan. Kathy was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 when it flew into the World Trade Center.

Robert R. Ploger III, 59, attended Michigan State University. Robert and his new wife, Zandra, were aboard flight 77, heading to Hawaii for a honeymoon when the plane was crashed into the Pentagon. Robert was a computer specialist, and lived in Annandale, Virginia. His parents, Robert Sr. and Marguerite, were originally from Owosso.

David Pruim, 52; originally from Muskegon, Michigan. David was a senior vice president for the Aon Corporation, and worked on the 103rd floor of 2 World Trade Center. David is survived by his wife Kate, also originally from Michigan, and their daughter Carrington. They lived in Montclair, NJ. David graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School (Class of 1966) in Muskegon, and Hope College in Holland, Michigan (1970). His late father, James Pruim, was mayor of Muskegon from 1994 to 1996.

Joshua A. Rosenthal, 44; University of Michigan Graduate. Josh was a Senior Vice President with Fiduciary Trust International, working at their offices in the World Trade Center. He was raised in Livonia and graduated from Stevenson High School (class of 1975). He was a 1979 University of Michigan graduate and recognized as a Truman Scholar. He attended Princeton for graduate school. Josh is survived by his sister Helen, his two nieces, his mother Marilyn, and his father Avram. Mr. Rosenthal lived in Manhattan, but stayed closely connected to Michigan.

Brock J. Safronoff, 26; raised in Traverse City, Michigan. Brock was living in New York City and working as a computer programmer at Marsh & McLennan in the World Trade Center. He was an avid athlete and Detroit Lions fan. He is survived by his wife, Tara, who he met while attending Amherst College.

Lt. Col. Kip Taylor, 38; originally from Marquette, Michigan. Kip was an assistant to three-star general Tim Maude at the Pentagon, and died there when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the building. Kip attended Northern Michigan University with scholarships for basketball and ROTC, and graduated in 1985. He lived in McLean, Virginia with his wife Nancy and son Dean. His wife gave birth to a second son, Luke, on October 25, 2001.

Lisa Marie Terry, 42; born and raised in Michigan. Lisa was a vice president with Marsh & McLennan in their Rochester, MI office. She was a graduate of Troy High School and Ferris State University. She was in the north tower for a business meeting on September 11, 2001. She was an experienced and devoted horsewoman, having ridden since childhood.

Alicia Titus, 28; parents John and Bev are from Dexter, Michigan. Alicia had worked as a flight attendant for just nine months when her life was taken in the crash of United Airlines Flight 175 into the south tower. She had received a bacehlor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her father, John Titus has published a book about his loss titled “Losing Alicia: A Father’s Journey After 9/11.”

Meredith Lynn Whalen, 23; grew up in Canton, Mich., where she developed a love of horses and riding and competed on the cross-country and swimming teams at Plymouth-Salem High School. Ms. Whalen earned a BA in business from the University of Michigan in 2000. Ms. Whalen was a research associate with Fred Alger Management and lived in Hoboken, N.J.