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- Curry Remembers 9/11: Ten Years Later
Curry Remembers 9/11: Ten Years Later
September 13, 2011
Marking the milestone tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Curry College community joined together in somber reflection and recognition of all who lost their lives on that fateful day and of those whose acts of heroism and hope have helped us move forward since then.
On a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends gathered in Westhaver Park, outside the Student Center to remember the fallen.
"It was a day that changed all of us, whether we knew someone personally who died or not," recalled Director of Spiritual Life, Terry Hofmann, who helped organize the event.
Curry College lost two members of our community on that tragic day - alumni Peter Christian Fry '88 and Gregory T. Spagnoletti '90.
Peter Christian Fry '88 of Wilton, CT was Vice President of Institutional Money Markets at Euro Brokers Incorporated, a global securities firm located at 2 World Trade Center. He majored in business at Curry College and became an All American lacrosse player.
An avid athlete and accomplished sportsman, Peter Fry spent many summers fishing the waters off Cape Cod. He was survived by his wife of eight years, Meredith Loomis Fry, and their two daughters, Caley and Taylor.
Curry Alum Miriam Buttrick '87 gave a moving tribute to her friend. "His life was a foundation for many of us. He had an amazing quality in him; the ability to connect with anyone."
Gregory T. Spagnoletti '90 of NYC, N.Y. was Vice President of fixed income trading at Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, which was located on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower. Born in Norwood, MA before his family moved to Waterbury, CT in 1974, Greg returned to the area to attend Curry College where he played ice hockey and majored in business.
He played on an NYC ice hockey team and also enjoyed golf, hiking and sailing. He was survived by his brothers Mark, Paul and fellow Curry alumnus Christopher Spagnoletti '89, and his parents, Richard and Maria Spagnoletti, established a memorial foundation which helped fund the Gregory T. Spagnoletti Stock Trading Room in the Academic and Performance Center.
Curry College public safety Officer Brendan Smith remembered Greg Spagnoletti during the College's memorial ceremony. "To work on Wall Street was Greg's dream...Greg was hardworking and successful. He was organized, diligent and always prepared. Those characteristics were the keys to his success at such a young age."
Several other members of the Curry College community also shared prayers and words of inspiration.
Professor Carrie Cokely read the Muslim Prayer of Peace, Dean Sue Pennini recited the Baha'i prayer and Professor Brecken Chinn Swartz shared Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu readings.
Curry Hillel co-presidents Isabelle Abrams and Molly Simon recited the Mourner's Kaddish while Jesus and Me Club (JAM) co-president Jenny Geffrard and Director of Residence Life, Erik Muurisepp both read passages from the Old Testament.
Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Les Muray, also offered some comforting reflections in his sermon.
"I hope and pray that in remembrance we may be strengthened....not just to be fixated on the past...and to be able to face the future in a different way...to seek a peace which is inclusive and permanent."