Brent J. Woodall, 31, of Oradell, New Jersey, a stock trader with Keefe, Bruyette, and Woods, was lost in the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Brent played football and baseball for UCBerkeley, and AAA baseball for the Chicago Cubs. He also played rugby for the New York Athletic Club for a few years. He was married only a year, and his wife, Tracy, is pregnant. They just bought their first house in Oradell, New Jersey, earlier this year. Brent was an extraordinary human being with many, many friends. He was a family man who always took care of the people he loved. Tribute submitted by Erin Konstantinow.
A Present That Will Live On
Brent J. Woodall always loved kids and looked forward to having his own. But when his wife tried to announce the good news subtly a few weeks ago, Mr. Woodall missed the point entirely. As a surprise for their first wedding anniversary, Tracy Pierce Woodall gave her husband a book about what expectant fathers should expect. ''He was like, O.K., thanks honey,'' said Annalisa Fredrickson, a friend visiting the couple's home in Oradell, N.J. ''That will come in handy someday.''
Mr. Woodall, a trader at Keefe Bruyette & Woods on the 87th floor of the south tower, spoke with his wife three times Tuesday morning. In their last conversation, he said he was headed downstairs. ''He is someone you always turned to in a jam, a really reliable guy,'' Ms. Fredrickson said. ''He probably stopped to help someone.'' Ms. Woodall is now eight weeks pregnant.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 16, 2001.