Sketches of EgyptAir Victims
NEW YORK (AP) _ Retirees who envisioned a trip down the Nile. A Sudanese importer traveling home. Parents. Children. Husbands and wives. The names of Flight 990 victims emerged slowly Sunday as relatives shared their loss.
The National Transportation Safety Board had not released the passenger list in the United States as of Sunday night as authorities worked to notify families.
Here are sketches of some of the passengers believed to be on board, as given by relatives:
_Arthur Simermeyer, 72, a retired deputy commissioner for Social Security, and his wife, Marie Simermeyer, 60, of Randallstown, Md., were believed to be aboard the flight, according to a statement issued by their family. The statement said the pair were ``loving and caring people,″ who were very involved with their church and tried to help people who were less fortunate.
``We have not received official word from the airline but we are awaiting word before making further comment,″ the statement said. ``Please keep Art and Marie in your prayers and please respect the family’s request for privacy at this time.″
_Jan Duckworth, 67, of Denver, worked as a clerk in the Colorado House of Representatives for 22 years. She was believed to be one of 54 seniors who boarded the plane as part of a tour booked through Grand Circle Corp. of Boston.
``It was her first trip to Egypt,″ said Judith ``J.R.″ Rodrigue, the chief clerk of the House. ``She had been talking about it since way last winter.″
_Abdel-Rahman Amin, in his 60s, and his wife, Alia Abdou, of Cairo, had been visiting their son, Dr. Talaat Abdalmoneim, a doctor in the intensive care unit at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. Amin was the owner of a coffee-roasting factory and his wife was a housewife. They had hoped to make it back to Egypt in time for the birth of their 11th grandchild.
_Abdu and Fawqia Elzanaty, of Cairo, were visiting two of their sons in Searingtown, N.Y. ``It’s so tragic that we cannot express the sorrow,″ said Hisham Elzanaty. ``Life will never be the same without my parents.″
Abdu Elzanaty worked in construction contracting with oil companies; his wife was a housewife.
_Claude Masson, deputy publisher the Montreal daily newspaper La Presse, and his wife, Jeannine Bourdages, were going to Egypt for vacation. They were both 58.
Premier Lucien Bouchard expressed his condolences and paid tribute to Masson as an objective journalist with high standards who spent his life keeping citizens informed.
_Virginia Chaplin, 72, of Georgetown, Maine, was traveling to see the Nile River with her new husband, Richard Brokaw. The couple had just celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Oct. 23, according to Jim Chaplin, 50, her oldest son.
``She was a wonderful woman who had many, many dear friends all over the world,″ Jim Chaplin said.
Brokaw was a combustion research scientist for NASA in Cleveland. He retired in 1973 and moved to Vermont in 1983.
_Gene and Barbara Billings and Henrietta Mead, of Norfolk, Conn., were taking part in a 15-day elderhostel tour of Egypt, said Mead’s sister-in-law Louise Mead. The three were close friends, she said.
Gene Billings, 70, was a retired Travelers insurance executive. His 71-year-old wife, Barbara, a teacher, had retired from the Botelle Elementary School in Norfolk. Henrietta Mead, 61, recently widowed, also was a retired teacher who taught at the Salisbury School.
_Mary Lou Sterner, 66, was born and raised in Duluth, Minn. and lived in the St. Paul suburb of Cottage Grove for about 15 years before moving to Brownsville, Texas, about 20 years ago, said her son, Mark Brouillette of Minnetonka.
Brouillette said his mother was going on the ``trip of a lifetime″ when Flight 990 went down after leaving New York for Cairo.