The Lives That Were Lost

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From a young Louisiana family flying on a trip to introduce their new son to his grandparents to a Utah doctor on his way to Switzerland for a genetics conference, Wednesday's crash of Swissair Flight 111 ended the lives of 229 people, and has left a tragic aftermath being felt around the nation and around the world.

Here is a look at some of those who died aboard the doomed flight.

Ingrid Acevedo, 32, of New York.

Ingrid Acevedo with Hillary Clinton

Acevedo lived in New York, where she worked for the United Nations. She was director of public relations for the United States Committee for UNICEF. Her mother said that she loved her job.

She was an only child, born in New York to Dominican parents. Before her current post at the U.N., she had worked in public relations for the fashion industry and for Bread for The World, a Christian group that works against hunger.

Joe LaMotta, 49, president of LaMotta Foods
The son of former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. His death comes just seven months after the death of the boxer's only other son, Jake LaMotta Jr., from cancer at the age of 51.

LaMotta was headed to Geneva Wednesday night to promote the new LaMotta Tomatta Sauce.

Jake LaMotta, who was portrayed by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's 1980 film, Raging Bull, also has four daughters. The 76-year-old former boxer held the middleweight title from 1949 to 1951.

Joe LaMotta inherited his father's love for the sport, entering a number of Golden Gloves competitions.

"You know, he was a lot like me," the former champion said.

Joachim Bilger of Geneva

Joachim Bilger

Bilger was a native of Germany, but he lived in Geneva.

He worked for the United Nations as head of the office of internal oversight and productivity of the World Intellectual Property Organization, the U.N.'s copyright and patent agency.

Catherine Calvet-Mazy, 37, of Geneva
She was a senior social welfare officer for the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR). A French social worker and therapist who had counseled refugees in Bosnia, Mali, and Rwanda. In Geneva, she counseled UNCHR staff on dealing with stress stemming from their work.

Yves de Roussan, 41
A Canadian who worked with abandoned or troubled teen-agers, de Roussan was UNICEF regional adviser for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Pierce Gerety, 56, of New York

Pierce Gerety

Gerety was director of African Great Lakes operations, including Rwanda, for the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees.

An American lawyer, Gerety was a veteran of refugee operations in Sudan, Philippines, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and the Great Lakes area around Rwanda, Congo, and Burundi.

Paul and Joan Hammond, of Edmonds, Wash.

Joan and Paul Hammond

Hammond was a former member of the research faculty at the University of Cincinnati Medical School, where he specialized in veterinary toxicology. He followed his wife to Washington after retiring.
Mrs. Hammond, 65, worked for former Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste and directed the state's job-training program. After moving to the Seattle area, she became chief deputy Snohomish County auditor.

"Joan knew no strangers," said county Clerk Pam Daniels. "Always there was a hug. Always there was a smile."

The couple boarded the flight to visit Hammond's family in Switzerland.

Tom Hausman, 33, of New York

Tom Hausman with wife, Lanita

Hausman lived with his wife, Lanita, and was the head of Continental Grain Co.'s Latin American division. The couple did not have any children but were working on adopting a baby, family members said.

Hausman grew up on his parents' farm 15 miles south of Champaign, Ill. He often returned home to visit family and friends.

"Tom was still the same caring guy, despite his success," said Roger Kleiss, a close friend of Hausman since kindergarten. "I know this sounds like a cliche, but he really had a zest for life."

Gabriel Hoche, 62, of Richmond, Va.
She was vice president for international sales with Infilco Degremont Inc. in Richmond. The company makes water and wastewater treatment equipment.

Lawrence and Pauline Hopcraft of Gates Mills, Ohio
Hopcraft, 55, was a vice president at Parker Hannifan Corp. Mrs. Hopcraft was the first employee hired at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., when it opened. She worked in hospitality but sometimes was recruited to dress as Goofy for parades.

The Hopcrafts were going to France for two months on business.

Jay Jasan, 40, of Basking Ridge, N.J.
He worked for pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and was traveling to a business-related meeting in Geneva. Jasan was in the company's clinical development studies program, testing drugs' effects on people.

"The people he worked with are very, very upset," Merck spokesman John Doorley said Thursday. "They feel it's a tremendous loss."

asan had a master's degree in virology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Klaus Kinder-Geiger, 36, of Long Island, N.Y.

Klaus Kinder-Geiger

Kinder-Geiger was a top physicist at the Nuclear Theory Group at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.

A native of Germany, Kinder-Geiger was working on a computerized model of large nuclei at high energies. He was to give a speech in Trento, Italy, and return to Geneva to work at CERN, a major laboratory for high-energy research.

He was remembered for both his brilliance and a refreshing quirkiness. Besides playing electric guitar, he was a painter and caricaturist.

Denis Maillet and wife, Karen, of Baton Rouge, La., and their 14-month-old son, Robert

Denis, Karen, and Robert Maillet

The 37-year-old engineers planned a two-week vacation to introduce their son to his French grandparents.

"The Maillets were very excited about going home to visit Denis' parents," said the Rev. Gerald Burns of St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge.

Maillet, a native of Lyons, met his wife through their work as engineers, said Jayne Thibodaux, a family friend.

He spoke no English and she no French, but they quickly learned each others' languages and fell in love, she said.

Jonathan Mann and Mary-Lou Clements-Mann, of Columbia, Md.

Jonathan Mann and Mar-Lou Clements-Mann

Mann, 51, former director of the World Health Organization's AIDS Program and dean of the School of Public Health at Allegheny School of Health Sciences, was a world-renowned AIDS pioneer.

Mrs. Clements-Mann, 51, also was a noted AIDS researcher who taught at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She was working on developing AIDS vaccines.

"Their passing leaves a large void in the ranks of those working to control this global pandemic," said Seth Berkley, president of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

Robert Milne, 67, and wife, Alma, 66, of Fairview Park, Ohio
He retired in 1995 as president of Duff & Phelps Investment Co., where he worked his entire 42-year career.

A neighbor, Kay Blossom, said the Milnes were quiet neighbors who had a big family reunion last month. They were headed to a vacation home in Switzerland for the fall.

"They were lovely, Christian people that were terrific neighbors," Mrs. Blossom said.

Tara Nelson of Mystic, Conn.
A naturopathic physician, she was en route to France to meet her boyfriend and help her sister with the birth of her baby.

"Everybody has their own Princess Diana. She was our Princess Diana," said Nelson's aunt, Laurie Michel, of Tenafly, N.J. "This is monstrous."

James T. Kassel Jr., 34, of Medford Lakes, N.J.
He was senior manager of corporate meeting planning services for Bristol-Myers Squibb and was based in the company's Princeton office. He had worked for the company for less than two years.

"People are devastated," said friend John Sederat, 39. "Jim was one of the happiest, most outgoing people. He had a great sense of humor."

Although Kassel's work with Bristol Myers-Squibb took him all over the world, "he made it a point to spend a lot of time with his son" when he came home, Sederat said.

John Mortimer, 75, and wife Hilda, 69, of Stamford, Conn.
He served as senior vice president for personnel and labor relations at The New York Times for more than 25 years. The couple was traveling on their annual European vacation and feared flying, relatives said.

Mr. Mortimer retired about 12 years ago.

Glen Plumleigh, 56, and wife Charlotte, 56, of Lakewood, Colo.
He was considered a pioneer in Colorado television journalism. He began his TV career at KREX in Grand Junction in 1959.

Plumleigh joined KWGN in Denver in 1963 as a news photographer and later became assistant news director. He was chief photographer in 1970 when KWGN was the first in Denver to win a National Press Photographer's Award.

Plumleigh left the station in 1981 to work for Golden-based Coors Brewing Co.'s video department. In 1993, he started his own company, Video Production Associates.

Charlotte was a homemaker. "They were very kind, very down-to-earth," family friend Amy Tekansik said.

Per Spanne, 53, of New York

Per Spanne

A Swedish citizen, Spanne was working for the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, and commuted between that campus and the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. He was a physicist experimenting with ways to use radiation to treat brain cancer.

His wife, Vibeke Arnmark, said despite Spanne's hectic work schedule, he had dropped off their daughters at college last month. He wanted to make sure their computers were installed and that they were comfortable.

"That was really typical of him," said Arnmark, an artist. "I'm hanging on, because I have two kids that I need to give all my strength to."

Tom Sperber and wife Julie of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
He supplied hotel chains with goods including sheets and bedspreads. Julie was a pharmaceutical representative, said neighbor Jim Bochniarz.

The newlyweds often rode their bikes along the harbor in the seaside community, and they remodeled their new home immediately after they bought it.

"They really were an ideal couple," Bochniarz said. "We all commented that they bought a rather large house for two, and they always said they planned on having kids."

Dr. Roger R. Williams, 54, of Salt Lake City

Dr. Roger R. Williams

He was a recognized expert in the field of cardiovascular genetics. A professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Williams was flying to Geneva to chair a meeting on one of his projects at the World Health Organization.

Williams had developed an elaborate family tracking system to help identify people who were genetically predisposed to a variety of cardiovascular diseases.

He was also the founder and director of the University of Utah Cardiovascular Genetics Research Clinic.

A native of Ogden, Utah, Williams graduated from Weber State University in 1968 and earned his medical degree from the University of Utah in 1971.

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