Joanne Flora Weil
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Joanne, We Will Never Forget...
Harris Beach opened its New York City office in 1996. It formerly had its New York City office in the World Trade Center, on the 85th floor of World Trade Center 2. Their office was directly in the impact area of United Airlines Flight 175 in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Three attorneys and two staffers for Harris Beach were killed in the attack. One of those attorneys was Joanne Flora Weil, 39.
Joanne F. Weil, a lover of sports and the arts, had a new job at the Harris Beach law firm in the World Trade Center. The 39-year-old Weil, who was a French major at Brown University, specialized in corporate securities law and had been with Harris Beach for only 1 1/2 months when her building was struck by the second hijacked airliner on Sept. 11. She was an accomplished tennis player and exercised her creativity by making jewelry out of antique glass. Weil loved to travel, but the avid city-dweller also loved the apartment she bought two years ago in Manhattan's urbane Gramercy Park neighborhood. And, her mother said, she loved her friends. "She had many wonderful friends and she was a wonderful friend to them."
In letters, phone calls and personal visits, the Weils have heard from the friends, who said that they would have gladly traded their lives for hers.
Perhaps one letter, Mrs. Weil added, summed up her daughter best. It came from a longtime friend of Ms. Weil's who now lives in California. "I've been told that the measure of a person's life is not the distance they traveled but the heights they reached," the friend wrote. "Joanne soared, and I am both blessed and grateful to have shared even a part of her life, and to have her consider me a friend."
Profile published in the NEW YORK TIMES on December 28, 2001.
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I didn't know Joanne.
But one thing I do know is that I will no longer be able to look back on that day without thinking of her.
God Bless Joanne, her family, and friends. My prayers are with you all.