David Pruim

World Trade Center

A Lifelong Honeymoon

David and Kate Pruim were married 28 years ago, and Mrs. Pruim talks about him as if they were newlyweds. "We had an 18- year honeymoon and then our daughter was born and then more joy came into our lives," she said. "We just thought it would go on for another 28 years."

Mr. Pruim, 52, a senior vice president for the Aon Corporation, worked on the 103rd floor of 2 World Trade Center. "He was the kindest, nicest, most gentle 6-foot-4 person there ever was." she said. "He made everyone he came into contact with feel good about himself, from children to adults."

The two were from Michigan, and were introduced by friends, Mrs. Pruim recalled. "I just liked his personality, and he was gorgeous," she said, with a full-throated laugh. They enjoyed being together, even just sitting next to each other, reading. They lived in Montclair, N.J., with their daughter Carrington, who is 10. A memorial service is being planned.

"We're calling it a celebration of his life," Mrs. Pruim said. "And if he walks in in the middle of it, boy, will I be the happiest person there."

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

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