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US Tourists Sought Adventure on Tour

September 3, 1999

Over the last decade, Cameron Ennis had spent so much time building his financial consulting business that he never had time to take a real vacation.

Finally, when he felt confident enough to leave his clients for a while, he decided to reward himself with a trip. Ennis, of Stamford, Conn., headed on an upscale African safari with his older brother, Robert Ennis, and his mother, Betsy Hoffman, who both lived in Vero Beach, Fla.

The three were among the 10 Americans who were killed Wednesday when their charter plane crashed into an ancient volcano in Tanzania. Two Tanzanians on board, the pilot and a guide, were also killed.

Like many of the other victims, Cameron Ennis, 37, had put his life at home on hold to pursue dreams of adventure. Colleagues said Ennis loved rock climbing and other outdoor activities and had always wanted to go to Africa.

``He was doubly excited because he was fulfilling a lifelong dream and was doing it with loved ones,″ said Michael Ryan, president of Prime Financial Services, which certified Ennis as a money manager.

Also among the victims was Dr. Steven Putterman, 36, who had spent the last nine years working in a community health center in Worcester, Mass., where many of his patients were poor and uninsured.

Frances Anthes, president and CEO of Family Health Center, recalled that even though Putterman had other obligations, he remained steadfast in his dedication to the community center. She said he spent a late night one July Fourth weekend making a home visit to a man suffering from AIDS.

``It’s a hard day here,″ she said. ``We’ve already heard from people who are really devastated and upset. They’re really going to miss Steve.″

Putterman was an adventurous spirit who earlier in the year had traveled to Vietnam, Ms. Anthes said. He and his father, William, 64, were nearing the end of a two-week vacation together in Africa when their plane crashed.

Jeffrey Bowersock and his wife, Christine, both 33 and from Hoboken, N.J., had planned their two-week safari for a year. He worked for an insurance company and she redesigned office buildings and theaters.

``They were just adventuresome people,″ said Kathleen Bowersock, Jeffrey Bowersock’s mother. ``They scuba-dived, Chris skydived. They were just physically healthy, well-built people that enjoyed all sorts of sports.″

MaryAnne Rizzuti, 64, of Othello, Wash., was a widow who loved to travel _ she had taken three other trips to Africa since 1995, her daughter said.

``She just liked the beauty of the country. She dearly loved the animals,″ SueAnne Rizzuti said. ``And the people were absolutely wonderful, very hospitable. They seemed to love the Americans.″

MaryAnne Rizzuti was traveling with a friend she met on a previous trip, retired optometrist Norman Dolan, 72, of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Africa was ``probably one of the few places he hadn’t been,″ said Dolan’s stepson, Ray Ward, ``and so he decided to go when he had the chance.″

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