I am writing to express my deepest sympathy and pain for the loss of your son and my dearest friend Dan. I have had the pleasure of meeting both of you during our graduation from the Georgetown School of Business and I recall telling you then that I have never met a person who is as kind, gentle, humble and so selflessly helpful as Dan - it was so unusual in these times that I could not believe it at first. During my adventures with Dan through two years of business school, I have come to marvel at how the deep well of his kindness had no bottom...it truly didn't matter to him whether he had been your friend for 5 minutes or 5 years - he would do anything for you.
My head is spinning as I try to come up with any words that will alleviate thedevastation you feel, and there are none. I can only say that the pain and sadness I feel right now are as deep as I have ever known. I have lost a brother today. But I am also proud today, because I know my friend risked, no, gave up his life so that his colleagues may live. I know that he never would have left the 104th floor of the South tower until he was certain every one of his colleagues was safe. I pray that his heroism gives you some small measure of comfort.
Dan's candle burned for a short time indeed - but how bright and warm that flame was. I feel both privileged and honored to have known such a good and decent human being.
Georgetown MBA Class of 2000