The Expert on Captain Kirk
Stephanie Irby would have fit right in on the Starship Enterprise.
"Her collection of `Star Trek' videotapes just blew my mind," said Addison Irby, an older brother. As soon as a tape was released, she bought it. "When I tried to debate with her about what Captain Kirk did, she would take out a tape, find the exact spot and show me that I was wrong," he said.
Ms. Irby, 38, an accountant for Marsh & McLennan, who always wore "a big, bright smile," microwaved the food for her dog, Charlie, a golden retriever, said Kenneth Irby, another older brother. And she doted on her 2-year-old niece, Cecelia Melton.
Ms. Irby, who was single, shared a house in Queens with Cecelia and her mother, Stephanie's older sister, Pam Irby.
"Stephanie was like a second mother to Cecelia," Kenneth said. "Before she died, she was about to use her own savings to open up a college fund account for the baby."
On Sept. 11, Stephanie Irby had planned to take the day off, but "she was too conscientious to miss work," Kenneth Irby said. "In the last minute, she decided to go in."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 1, 2001.