History Before Finance
Elizabeth Gregg was not in her brownstone in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, when a neighbor walked by on the morning of Sept. 11.
"We had talked the day before about voting," said Joseph Igneri, who had lived near her for more than 20 years. She was always punctual, so he figured she had already left to vote, or was at work on the 93rd floor of 1 World Trade Center, where she was an analyst for Fred Alger Management. "Then I went around the corner," Mr. Igneri said, "and disaster happened."
Elizabeth, 52, who was known to her friends as Lisa, had no family in the area, so Mr. Igneri took it upon himself to search for his neighbor. "Somebody had to show for her," he said. He searched the hospitals and rescue sites, pasted up fliers and tracked down her dentist for records.
Lisa had worked at Alger for 18 years, but finance was not her first career choice. Before she moved to New York in the late 1970's and earned an M.B.A. from New York University, she eagerly studied history, receiving a doctorate in medieval studies from Yale. Her specialty was defense spending in 15th-century France.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 20, 2001.