Kalyan K. Sarkar

World Trade Center

Building Bridges and Family

The idea of constructing things for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was so fundamental to Kalyan K. Sarkar, a 53-year-old civil engineer, he would have found the destruction of two skyscrapers unimaginable. "He is a man who spent his life building — bridges and tunnels and just about anything the Port Authority put up," said his son Kishan, who was looking forward to his father's birthday party two Saturdays from now.

The family finds some hope in the fact that Kalyan really knew buildings. He phoned his wife, Anarkali, from Tower 1 to explain that he and 12 of his co-workers were trapped on the 64th floor, the elevators were sealed, and they were headed to the stairs. Then he was cut off. Kishan, a computer programmer in New Jersey, is grateful that his father asked him to leave work early Monday night to come to their home in Westwood, N.J., to help his father with some Web site work. "I was lucky to be there," he said.

Profile courtesy of THE NEW YORK TIMES.

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