A Family Man's Gifts
Amanda Gregory had her father's sense of commitment. Her sister, Sara, had his creativity. And their brother, James, had his love of sports.
Donald H. Gregory, 62, gave many gifts to his children, one of which was loving their mother. He kissed her at the start and end of each day. "He was just a man of quiet faith," said his wife, Maureen. "He had a generosity of spirit that extended to all in our family. Most importantly, he taught to believe in yourself." He believed in Amanda, 20, who wants to work for NASA; Sara, 19, who loves art; and James, 14, who plays soccer, basketball and baseball with a passion.
Since the trade center fell with him in the 104th-floor office of Cantor Fitzgerald, in the north tower, people have sent notes to Mr. Gregory's family in Ramsey, N.J.
"Because I was not with him during the day, I didn't know the extent to which he raved about the children," his wife said. "That is the essence of a family man to me."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 28, 2001.