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2B - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 17, 2001


SEPTEMBER 11, 2001




N.Y. alumni club president
unable to escape 86th floor

Pat Whalen of Canton Township believes her 23-year-old daughter Merideth, a 2000 University of
Michigan graduate who worked in the World Trade Center, was killed in last week's attacks.
'U' graduate worked
on tower's 93rd floor

By David Enders
Daily News Editor
NEW YORK - Jill Gartenberg laughs
when she remembers how her husband
Jim woke her up three Saturdays ago.
"He woke up and said, 'Do you know
what day it is? It's the start of college
football season!'
But this weekend, college football was
suspended, and Jim Gartenberg, who
graduated with an economics degree from
the University of Michigan in 1987, is one
of the more than 4,900 people still miss-
ing this weekend after the collapse of the
World Trade Center towers Tuesday.
His friends knew him for his love of the
University of Michigan. He was the presi-
dent of the New York City chapter of the
University's alumni association - the
largest chapter in the country - for 10
"He lived for Michigan football - any-
thing Michigan, he loved. He prided him-
self on the fact that he went back to Ann
Arbor for a game every year," his wife
said. "He always said he would be one of
those old guys who wore the pants with
the M' on them."
.Jim Gartenberg worked on the 86th
floor of Tower One for Julien J. Studley
Inc., a commercial real estate firm. He
remained in phone contact with his wife
until shortly before she watched the build-
ing collapse on television.
"He called me at quarter to nine and he
called me at my machine at work and said
there was a fire at work and he didn't
know if he was going to make it," Jill
Gartenberg said. "I don't even know if he
even knew if it was terrorism."
Jill Gartenberg said her husband told
her he couldn't escape because the stair-
well was full of smoke and debris.
Jim Gartenberg also called ABC News
and was put on the air live.

By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Whalen's daughters - 23-year-old Meredith
and 21-year-old Kristen - returned to their
childhood home for Labor Day weekend,
Whalen never anticipated this would be the last
time she would see one of them again.
"You always think it happens to somebody
else," Whalen said yesterday.
Meredith, a 2000 Univer-
sity of Michigan Business
School graduate, worked as
a research analyst for Fred
Alger Management Inc. on
the 93rd floor of World
Trade Center Tower One.
"She thrived in New
York," Whalen said. "Her
presence, confidence ...
made her able to handle one
Merideth Whalen of the firm's biggest clients."
Whalen received a call Tuesday morning from
Kristen, a student at the University of North
Carolina, who alerted her that a plane had
crashed into the World Trade Center.
"I saw the antenna and I knew it was her
tower," Whalen said. "I was trying to count
down how many floors, but there was too much
She was momentarily hopeful, as she believed
her daughter began working at 8 a.m. on Mon-
days and 9 a.m. the rest of the week.
She called Meredith's roommate, Mary
Kowalczyk, to confirm what time her daughter
had left for work that morning, and Kowalczyk
told her 7:30 a.m.
Whalen later learned that Meredith's friend on
the West Coast received an e-mail from Mered-
ith the morning of the terrorist attack on the
World Trade Center. The e-mail confirmed that
Meredith was at her desk at 8:20 a.m.
According to a statement released by Mered-
ith's firm, all administrative and sales staff and a
small core of research analysts survived. Whalen
probably did not survive due to the fact that she
was at work prior to her 9:00 a.m. start time.
"I was in shock," she said. "You know, she's
too young to die."
Whalen says she is sure Meredith was killed
because the plane entered the building on the

"I saw the antenna and
I knew it was her
tower. I was trying to
count down how many
floors, but there was
too much smoke."
- Pat Whalen
Mother of woman presumed dead in
attack on the World Trade Center
floor Meredith worked on and the heat would
have been too intense for her to survive.
"I would have liked to hug her body," she
said. "I don't think I'm going to have anything to
bury. I feel gipped ... because she had so much
Whalen said Meredith loved the fast-paced
interactions with heads of major corporations,
saying her boss, David Alger, described Mered-
ith as "a rising star."
"The CEO of eBay really liked her work,"
Whalen said. "She never left work at five: She
was eager and young."
Meredith went out on assignments at estab-
lishments such as the Plaza Hotel, where she lis-
tened and took notes of speeches given by
CEOs. With clients such as Paine Webber and
Goldman Sacs frequenting the 93rd floor, and
crossing paths with celebrities such as Uma
Thnrman and Jerry Seinfeld, Whalen said she
could understand Meredith's love for New York.
"Her job was so difficult. She had a lot of
courage for what she was doing," said Lindsay
Calhoun, a New York fashion designer and
friend of Merideth's from the University. "She
was very confident, very positive and made
everyone around her feel very special."
Meredith was also enthusiastic about support-
ing herself financially. Upon moving to New
York, she needed to buy a business wardrobe.
"She went out and bought the best - Jones
New York suits," Whalen said.
During her lifetime, Meredith went on five
cruises with her mother, and she had planned to
fly to Barcelona last Friday for a 12-day
Mediterranean trip with her mother.

Jill Gartenberg, with her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Nicole, speaks about her husband, Jim, who
worked In the World Trade Center and was still missing as of this weekend. Jim Gartenberg was
president of the University of Michigan's alumni association's New York City chapter.

"To let loved ones know that they were
safe on the 86th floor," Jill Gartenberg
said. He was on the floor with one other
co-worker, who is also missing.
"He was very calm and composed when
he called - I didn't hear him on ABC
News, but my friends called me and said,
'He's fine, he's fine,' because he sounded
so calm."
Police asked Jill Gartenberg for her
husbands toothbrush to use for the pur-
pose of DNA identification.
Jill Gartenberg graduated from the Uni-
versity in 1989 with a psychology degree,
but the two met in New York during an

alumni association event. At their wed-
ding, they walked down the aisle to the
tune of "The Victors."
Jim Gartenberg leaves behind a 2 1/2-
year-old daughter, Nicole.
"I say, 'What do you say when Daddy
.watches football?' And she says, 'Go Blue!'
He wanted those to be her first words."
Jill Gartenberg is pregnant with the
couple's second child. She admitted that
the reality hasn't sunk in yet that her hus-
band is gone.
"He was 35. It's way too young to go.
He had a lot of life left - he enjoyed
every minute of every day."

Many from Michigan still missing

Son of University of Michigan at Dearborn
professor among those unaccounted for
DETROIT (AP) - An Army officer from Michigan has been
confirmed as killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
He is identified as Maj. Kip Taylor, 38, of Marquette.
The death toll from Tuesday's attacks was 188 at the Pentagon.
In New York, at least 159 bodies have been recovered from the
World Trade Center ruins, with 99 identified. The number of
missing stood at 4,972.
Others with Michigan ties who were killed or are missing in
the attacks include:
Josh Rosenthal, 43, senior vice president of Fiduciary Trust Co.
at the World Trade Center. His mother is University of Michigan-
Dearborn sociology professor Marilynn Rosenthal, of Ann Arbor.
Terence E. Adderley Jr., 22, an employee of Fred Alger
Management Inc., which had offices on the 93rd floor of the
World Trade Center's north tower. He grew up in Bloomfield
Hills, attended Detroit Country day School and graduated from
Vanderbilt University. Son of Terence E. Adderley, president and
chief executive officer of Troy-based Kelly Services Inc.
David Alger, 57, president of Fred Alger Management Inc.,
which had offices on the 93rd floor of the World Trade Center's
north tower. He lived in Grosse Pointe as a teen-ager and earned
a master's degree in business administration from the University
of Michigan in 1968.

Eric Bennett, about 31, a graduate of Flint's Kearsley High
School and Ferris State, was co-captain on the 1988 Kearsley
football team and later played for Ferris State University. He was
executive vice president of the Alliance Consulting Group and
worked on the 102nd floor of the World Trade Center's north
Barbara Edwards, 58, of Las Vegas, a passenger on Ameri-
can Airlines Flight 77, which hit the Pentagon. Edwards lived in
the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming as a young girl and gradu-
ated from Kelloggsville High School in 1961.
Brad Hoorn, 22, an employee of Fred Alger Management
Inc., which had offices on the 93rd floor of the World Trade Cen-
ter's north tower. Hoorn, a Richland native, graduated from Gull
Lake High School in 1997 and from Yale University in May.
Margaret Mattic, 51, of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit Cass
Tech High School and Wayne State University. She was a customer
service representative for a General Telecom, which had an office on
the 83rd floor of the World Trade Center's north tower.
Robert R. Ploger III, 59, of Annandale, Va., who attended
Michigan State University for one year and was son of Major
Gen. Robert Ploger of Ann Arbor. He was aboard the plane that
crashed into the Pentagon.
David Pruim, about 51, of Upper Montclair, N.J., a 1966
graduate of Western Michigan Christian High School. He
worked for insurance company Aon Corp. on the 103rd floor of
the World Trade Center's south tower. His father, James Pruim,
was mayor of Muskegon in 1994-96.




How to help victims and their families
American Red Cross: For information on donating blood or money,
contact (800) 435-7669. Website: http://www.redcross.org.
International Association of Fire Fighters: Taking donations for families
of firefighters killed or injured in rescue efforts in New York City.
Checks made out to "The New York Fire 911 Relief Fund," can be
mailed to IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer's Office, Attn: New York
Fire 911 Relief Fund, 1750 New York Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.,
20006-5395. Website: http://www.iaff.org.
Meijer Inc.: Meijer stores are a collection site for donations to the
American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. All stores will
accept cash donations. Website: http://www.meier.com.
New York Relief Fund: The state of New York has set up a relief fund
for victims. Call 800-801-8092. Donations also can be mailed to the
New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund, P.O. Box 5028,
Albany, N.Y., 12205. Website: http://www.state.ny.us.
United Way: Donations to the September 11th Fund can be sent to
United Way of New York City, 2 Park Ave., New York, N.Y., 10016, or
call (212) 251-4035. Website: http://national.unitedway.org.
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