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Among the victims: Banker, lawyer, Navy commander

Some of the missing and confirmed dead from terrorist acts on Sept. 11

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Richard Herron Woodwell

Richard Herron Woodwell, 45, who grew up in Pittsburgh and Ligonier, Westmoreland County, is among dozens of members of his investment banking firm who vanished after a hijacked jetliner struck World Trade Center Tower 2.

Woodwell never left his post on the 89th floor when the first hijacked jetliner struck the adjacent Tower 1 and was with a group of men, some of whom managed to get telephone calls out to families, when the second jet hit. The second strike virtually wiped out the trading section of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, where Woodwell had been listed as a senior vice president.

"All I know is, at this point, 69 are missing, which included all of the equities trading desk," said his brother, J.K. Woodwell III, in a telephone interview from Spokane, Wash.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Saddle River, N.J., near Woodwell's home in the town of Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.

Woodwell was born in Pittsburgh and attended Shady Side Academy until his family moved to Ligonier and he switched to The Valley School. He later prepped at Avon School in Connecticut and received a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.

After graduating college, Woodwell moved to San Francisco, where he became a floor broker on the Pacific Exchange for Dean Witter Reynolds. He joined Keefe Bruyette in San Francisco and moved to its World Trade Center headquarters 13 years ago.

"I would say of his accomplishments [he was] a very successful equities trader for the firm. Sports-wise, loved sports, golf, tennis, sailing," said his brother.

Woodwell spent much of his summer commuting between New York and his family's summer home in Hyannisport, Mass.

Woodwell is survived by his wife, the former Linda Preston, and children Richard Jr., Margaret and Eleanor. In addition to his brother, he is survived by a sister, Pamela Woodwell Geerdes, of Rochester, Minn.

Robert Mace

Robert Mace, 43, a lawyer for the trading firm of Cantor Fitzgerald, is among the missing from World Trade Center Tower 1, which was hit by the first hijacked jet.

Moments after word of the attack reached his brother, Kenneth Mace of Upper St. Clair, he checked Robert's business address.

"I went back to my desk and grabbed his business card and, lo and behold, it said World Trade Center."

Kenneth Mace said he visited New York in search of word on his brother.

"What really hurt was going from place to place and seeing all the posters all over with people looking for their husbands and sisters and mothers and fathers," Kenneth Mace said.

The Mace brothers grew up in Pottstown, Montgomery County and, years after one moved to Pittsburgh and the other to New York, they would meet on autumn weekends for Philadelphia Eagles home games.

In addition to his brother, Robert Mace's mother is living.

"We lost our father back in May," said Kenneth, "and she's been having a rough go of it."

Navy Cmdr. Patrick Dunn

Navy Cmdr. Patrick Dunn, 39, of Springfield, Va., was among those confirmed dead in the attack on the Pentagon.

He was married to the former Stephanie Ross of Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon, and was the son-in-law of James and Martha Ross, formerly of the South Hills, now residing in New Bern, N.C. James Ross was an executive with H.J. Heinz Co. and Mrs. Ross was executive director of the Three Rivers Adoption Council.

Mrs. Dunn was expecting their first child early next year, according to family members.

-- Compiled by Dennis B. Roddy



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