Some Terrorist Atttacks Victims
Some of those confirmed dead, reported dead or missing in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11:
SGT. MAJOR LARRY L. STRICKLAND, 52, of Woodbridge, Va., was to retire soon as senior adviser on personnel issues to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was not scheduled to be at work on Sept. 11, when American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. His mother, Olga Strickland, said her son went to work on his day off because he was dedicated. ``He liked to fish and he was a gourmet cook,″ she said. ``He liked the outdoors, he liked to fix things around the house. He was a jack of all trades. He could do a little bit of everything. He inherited that from his father.″ Strickland is survived by his wife and three children.
CECILE M. CAGUICLA, 54, of Boonton, N.J., went to Mass on Sept. 11 as she did every morning before going to work as assistant vice president at Marsh & McLennan Companies. She was born in the Philippines and graduated from Saint Paul’s College in Manila. She then moved to San Francisco and later New York. She was known to friends as ``Auntie Ces″ and would play classical music for hours while working around her yard or pool.
ROBERT MATTSON, 54, of Green Pond, N.J., was a senior vice president of Fiduciary Trust Co. International. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Mattson earned a Bronze Star for valor. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Colleagues said he carried a pregnant woman to safety after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. ``He was a wonderful husband and a great father,″ said Elizabeth Mattson, his wife of 29 years. Mattson had worked for Fiduciary for almost three decades.
E. RUDY BACCHUS, 48, of Metuchen, N.J., was an independent stock broker and former vice president at Merrill Lynch. Known for confidence and wisdom, Bacchus was at a breakfast meeting at Windows on the World on Sept. 11. Just 12 hours earlier, he offered advice to his teen-age daughter. ``He was giving me a speech about how he was never going to be around all the time and that I would have to fend for myself,″ said Carla Bacchus, 16. ``I didn’t take it like he’s not going to be around in the near future.″ A snappy dresser with a toothy smile, Bacchus, born in Guyana, settled in Queens at age 13. ``He had integrity and you could depend on him,″ his wife Juanna said.
BALEWA ALBERT BLACKMAN, 26, of New York, was a junior accountant at Cantor Fitzgerald who did not own a cellular phone, pager or a car _ and was proud of it. His mother, Hyacinth Blackman, says her son didn’t find them necessary. He graduated from Cornell University in 1996 with a science degree, but became an accountant instead because he was good at math. He helped his mother clean the house on Saturday mornings, even while he was away at college.
VENESHA RICHARDS, 26, of North Brunswick, N.J., a secretary for Marsh & McLennan Companies, loved to be surrounded by children. The native of Jamaica was married with one young daughter and was the assistant youth director at the Church of God in South Brunswick. She expected to graduate from Pace University in New York next year with a degree in science and technology. ``What I loved about her was that she was so energetic,″ said family friend Ivette Cox.