alumni lost on September 11, 2001
W. Bartels G85
was not afraid of life, was passionate about it and lived every
minute of it, a family member told the Staten Island Advance. Bartels,
who earned his MBA at the University of Vermont, was a partner at Cantor
Fitzgerald and was CEO of his own dot-com company, CO2E.com, which helped
other companies and governments reduce emissions worldwide. Carlton
was one of the top five people in the world in his industry, said
his wife, Jane Bartels. He had a strong sense of fun, was an avid outdoorsman
and cook, and was devoted to his family life with Jane and their two daughters,
Melina, 7, and Eva, 4.
grew up in the countryside of western New York, but was drawn to the business
world and the pace of New York City. He took a job as an equity trader
with Cantor Fitzgerald after earning his degree at UVM. Twelve hour days
were standard, as was the good life of a young man in New York City. His
father notes that Buchanan often had plans to see the Knicks or the Yankees
play. Following the September 11 tragedy, several of Buchanans friends
from his days at UVM headed to Manhattan, where they joined in the search,
passing photos around, and scouring hospitals for their friend and fellow
was on the 84th floor of Tower 2 when he and a co-worker went to the aid
of a man in distress, Cascios aunt Diane Regan Stuart reported.
That is something Paul would do. His instinct was always to help
others. He is a hero in the truest sense of the word, Stuart said.
She added that Cascios years at UVM were some of the happiest
in his brief but full life.
Lawrence, Jr. 82
was remembered as a big-hearted man who had put family at the center of
his life. We have a very large extended family, and Bob was kind
of the glue, cousin David Lawrence told the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
The most important thing to him was his daughter, son, and his wife.
And all the rest of his family. Lawrence was married to fellow UVM
alum Suzanne Burns 82. He had just started a new job with investment
banking firm Sandler ONeill & Partners, with offices in the
World Trade Center, on September 10.
transferred to New York University after beginning his studies at the
University of Vermont. Though he was on campus for just one year, Mirpuri
made many friends in Burlington and is fondly remembered by those who
came to know him. Mirpuri worked in midtown Manhattan, where he was vice
president of sales for the financial software firm Data Synapse, but was
attending a financial technology conference at the World Trade Center
the morning of September 11. Friends described Mirpuri as a man who loved
the Manhattan nightlife and fine dining, but who was also devoted to his
family, his Hindu faith, and volunteer work to benefit the elderly and
called his wife, Alyson Becker 92, as he tried to escape from the
104th floor of the World Trade Center. Fleeing down the stairwell, he
told his wife that he loved her. The couple had been married just short
of one year, their October 2000 ceremony had included many of their friends
from undergraduate days at UVM. Murillo, who worked as an equity salesman
for Cantor Fitzgerald, studied political science at the university and
was a member of Sigma Phi fraternity. A native of Colombia, Murillo was
also very active in diversity issues at UVM. In honor of his commitment
to diversity, Murillos friends have established the Cesar Augusto
Murillo Memorial Fund, which will benefit minority students at the university.
came to UVM with a passion for basketball and left focused on a career
in the business world. A sophomore-year field trip to the New York City
financial markets inspired Niederer to study business, and after graduation
he quickly landed a job right where he wanted to be working on
Wall Street. A year ago, Niederer was recruited to work for Cantor Fitzgerald
and he was at his desk early, as usual, on September 11 when Tower 1 was
hit. Former Catamount coaches and teammates numbered among the many at
a memorial service held in Niederers hometown of Annandale, N.J.
loved to take friends visiting New York City up to the deck atop the World
Trade Center, five floors above his office. He was in his office at Cantor
Fitzgerald when the first airliner hit the north tower. Attending a candlelight
prayer service held at a local church in Pivers hometown of Stonington,
Conn., his friend Leah Dann told a New York Times reporter, Hes
the most easy-going, fun-loving guy. Everyone got along with him. Ive
never known him to argue with anyone, even raise his voice. Hes
just the best. Piver earned his UVM bachelors degree in economics
and started work at Cantor Fitzgerald shortly after graduation.
was hired by TradeSpark, a division of Cantor Fitzgerald, as a brokers
assistant in June. The art major had moved to New York two months following
graduation with hopes of working as a professional model. When that path
didnt appear to be opening, Ropiteau, who also studied economics
at UVM, had begun the transition to the financial industry. His classmate
Joshua Piver had helped Ropiteau land the job at Cantor Fitzgerald, and
both members of the Class of 2000 were on the 105th floor of Tower 1 on
the morning of September 11.
worked in Cantor Fitzgeralds offices on the 105th floor of the World
Trade Center. Shortly after one of the hijacked planes hit the tower,
Sellitto called his father. Matthew will be remembered as full of
faith and full of love with a strength that led him in his final moments
to call his father to say, I love you all, said the
Rev. Anthony Carrozzo at a Mass held for Sellitto in Harding Township,
N.J. In a tribute to his older brother, Jonathan Sellitto dedicated the
song Brokedown Palace, by the Grateful Dead, one of Matthews
favorite bands. Fare you well, fare you well/I love you more than
words can tell/Listen to the river sing sweet songs/to rock my soul.
W. Wright, Jr. 89
was a managing director for investment banking firm Sandler ONeill
& Partners, where he had worked for five years. He was in his office
on the 104th floor of the World Trade Centers Tower 2 on the morning
of September 11. His wife, Martha Oliverio Wright (also a member of UVMs
Class of 1989), said that her husband called her after the first WTC attack
and Íve minutes prior to the plane hitting his building. His voice
was calm and he told me that he was all right. He said that he would call
me back later, but I never did get to speak to him again. Wright
lived in Rockville Centre, N.Y. with his wife, and their three children,
Emily, 4; Robert, 2; and John W. III, who was three weeks old in September.
Martha Wright said that in addition to spending time with his family,
her husband enjoyed boating, fishing, and skiing.