Patricia A. Massari

Patricia A. Massari
World Trade Center

The Family Was Starting

She had found out early that morning that she was pregnant — news that was at once thrilling and unsettling since it was neither planned nor expected.

There were still so many things Patricia A. Massari, 25, had wanted to do before starting a family. Still in school at night, she wondered out loud that morning, as she raced to get dressed for work, if the home pregnancy test was wrong. She told her husband of two years that she would buy another.

"She called me at 8:40 a.m. to tell me she got the second test," Mr. Massari recalled. The couple stayed on the telephone several minutes.

Mrs. Massari, who worked during the day on the 98th floor of the World Trade Center at Marsh & McLennan, had been studying for an exam that night in world civilization at Berkeley College in Manhattan. A bubbly, outgoing woman, she had been looking forward to getting the test behind her and was excited about visiting the television set of Emeril Lagasse's cooking show on the Food Channel. A lifelong resident of Queens, Mrs. Massari had sent in her name last year to a lottery and won two seats for the Sept. 14 show. She and her husband were also looking forward to a vacation in October.

"Everything was cut short," said Mr. Massari, who was on the phone with his wife when the plane hit.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 6, 2001.

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