BEVERLY ECKERT (Wife Of 911 Victim - Wikipedia Info)
FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverly_EckertBeverly EckertFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Beverly Eckert Beverly Eckert shaking hands with President of theUnited States Barack Obama less than a week before her death. May 29, 1951Born Buffalo, New York, U.S. February 12, 2009 (aged 57)Died Clarence Center, New York, U.S.Cause of death Plane crashNationality AmericanEducation Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart State University of New York atAlma mater Buffalo Member of 9/11 Family SteeringKnown for Committee
Died on Colgan Air Flight 3407 Sean Rooney (m. 1980 - 2001; hisSpouse death in September 11 attacks)Beverly Eckert (May 29, 1951 – February 12, 2009) was an activist and advocate for the creation of the 9/11Commission. She was one of the members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission.Eckerts husband, Sean Rooney, died aged 50 in the attacks of September 11, 2001. She pushed for a commissionto investigate 9/11 and to establish a memorial.Eckert died at age 57 in a commuter aircraft accident on February 12, 2009. She was travelling from NewarkLiberty International Airport to Buffalo Niagara International Airport aboard Colgan Air Flight 3407. The aircraftcrashed in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence Center, New York. She had met with President Barack Obama just a fewdays before her death in her role as an advocate for those affected by 9/11.Contents[hide] 1 Before September 11 attack 2 September 11, 2001 3 After September 11 4 Death 5 References Before September 11 attackEckert was born in 1951 in Buffalo, New York, and met her future husband, Sean P. Rooney, at a dance atCanisius High School, a Jesuit-run academy in that city, when both were 16 years old. Eckert attended the BuffaloAcademy of the Sacred Heart, an all girls high school in Eggertsville, NY. She received a degree in fine arts in1975 from Buffalo State College, where in 2005 she gave the Baccalaureate Commencement Address. Rooneylived in Buffalo until 1978, working as a manager of restaurants, until he began working in the financial servicesindustry and moving to Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut. When he died he was a vice president for riskmanagement services at the Aon Corporation. He worked on the 98th floor of the World Trade Centers southtower, one of 32 employees in Aons offices there.The couple, who had no children and lived in the Glenbrook section of Stamford, Connecticut, had been married21 years when Rooney died. Before Rooneys death, they had celebrated their 50th birthdays with vacations toVermont, to mark his, and Morocco, to mark hers. September 11, 2001When the planes hit the World Trade Center, Rooney called his wife and exchanged voice mail messages with her.To get to safety, he made his way to the 105th floor of his building, trying to reach the roof, when he becametrapped until the tower collapsed, killing him.After Eckert learned about the attacks, she went home and stayed on the phone with her husband until she heardthe tower collapse. She described the incident in a Storycorps interview, heard here:http://storycorps.org/listen/stories/beverly-eckert/ 
 After September 11Eckert commissioned this mural at Glenbrook train station, where her husband had once waited during his commute to work.The image depicts her husbands favorite golf course. Plaque at the mural at Glenbrook train stationEckert became a leading activist among 9/11 victims families, joining with others in lobbying for creation of the9/11 Commission, improvements to national security, and for creation of a memorial at the World Trade Centersite. In pressing federal elected officials to do a better job in protecting Americans from terrorism, she was amonga number of 9/11 victims family members active in pressing for sweeping reforms of U.S. intelligence. She alsospoke in opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Eckert was the co-chairperson of the group Voices of September 11th.Locally, Eckert worked with Stamford city officials on various memorial projects. She left her job at General Reand volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and, beginning in September 2008, as a tutor at the Julia A. StarkElementary School. She was also a member of the Glenbrook Neighborhood Association. In honor of her husbandand other victims, Eckert planted birch trees near a trail in Cove Island Park where she and Rooney learned to in-line skate. At the Glenbrook train station, where her husband commuted to work, she commissioned a mural andplanted a sycamore tree as a memorial. Shortly before her death, she joined a neighborhood association committeeto improve the station. DeathBeverly Eckert was killed on February 12, 2009 in the crash of Continental flight 3407 outside of Buffalo, NewYork. She was traveling to Buffalo for a gathering with her family to mark what would have been Rooneys 58thbirthday on February 15. A ceremony had also been scheduled at Canisius High School in which she was to awarda student with a memorial scholarship in Rooneys honor.
A week before her death, Eckert met with U.S. President Barack Obama, to discuss detainees at Guantanamo andother matters. In a press conference after her death, Obama described her as a "tireless advocate for the families,those whose lives were forever changed on that September day."On June 18, 2009, Margaux Eckert, executrix of her sisters estate, filed a lawsuit in New Haven, Connecticutagainst Colgan Air, Pinnacle Air, and Continental Airlines, claiming they were responsible for the crash. References Biography portal 1. ^ a b c Chan, Sewell (February 14, 2009). "Beverly Eckert, Leader of Families of 9/11 Victims, Dies at 57". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 2. ^ http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/norwalkadvocate/ci_11705423 3. ^ a b c Potts, Monica and Martin Cassidy, "Neighbors: For this to happen just seems unreal: A deeply felt loss among neighbors in Stamford", article, February 14, 2009, The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, retrieved same day 4. ^ Porstner, Donna (September 9, 2006). "Places to pay tribute". Stamford Advocate. 5. ^ Silva, Mark, "Beverly Eckert: Crash victim, 9/11 widow", blog post, February 13, 2009, The Swamp blog of the Chicago Tribune, retrieved February 14, 2009 6. ^ "Beverly Eckert, 9/11 widow, champions intelligence reform legislation". US News and World Report. 2004-12- 13. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 7. ^ "Sky News report". Sky News. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 8. ^ "Fiery plane crash near Buffalo, NY, kills 50". News.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2009-02-14.[dead link] 9. ^ Linstedt, Sharon (2009-02-13). "Beverly Eckert, widow of 9/11 victim, was aboard Flight 3407". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2009-02-14.[dead link] 10. ^ "Clinton: People of WNY will pull together". WROC-TV. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-02-13.[dead link] 11. ^ "My Silence Cannot Be Bought", article by Eckert, reprinted from USA Today, December 19, 2003 12. ^ Voices of September 11th 13. ^ http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1220-04.htm 14. ^ a b Vogel, Charity, "Passengers and crew aboard Flight 3407: Their stories", article, February 14, 2009, The Buffalo News, retrieved same day 15. ^ http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/06/18/Suit_Filed_in_Airline_Death_of_9_11_Spokesperson.htm