Colleagues at Freddie Mac - the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. - remembered Mark Schurmeier as a soothing presence.
When hammering out business deals as director of strategic engineering, "he was just very calm all the time, always smiling," said Usha Chaudhary, a vice president at Freddie Mac.
Schurmeier, 44, a former Wheaton resident, oversaw 50 Freddie Mac employees.
He expressed a certain unease about his trips to the World Trade Center, said his father, Jerry.
"He didn't like it too much," his father said. "He just commented that it wasn't his favorite place to go."
Schurmeier was a 1975 graduate of Wheaton North High School, where he developed an interest in musical theater as a senior and landed leading roles in "Hello, Dolly!" "Godspell" and other student productions.
But he decided to pursue a career in business like his father, a retired investment portfolio manager, and received a master's degree in business administration from American University in Washington.
At the U.S. Treasury Department he served on a three-person team that developed a system allowing online and telephone investment in treasury securities, his father said. He joined Freddie Mac about 10 years ago.
He was a resident of McLean, Va., and was attending a financial technology conference on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower when it was slammed by American Airlines Flight 11.
He leaves behind his wife, Ayako, and son, Mason, 5.
Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.