Wendy Wakeford

Wendy Wakeford
World Trade Center

A Secret Organizer


Ada Rosario Dolch knew that her younger sister, Wendy Wakeford, was a busy person, working as an assistant to a top broker at Cantor Fitzgerald and taking up running earlier this year to stay in shape at age 40. But she had no idea that her sister was supremely organized, too.

Upon visiting Ms. Wakeford's new house in Freehold, N.J., shortly after the terrorist attacks, Mrs. Dolch, a high school principal in Manhattan, discovered that her sister had kept a copy of a letter to a Brooklyn landlord. It was 15 years old. She found meticulous files on stocks, 401(k) records, taxes, company records, insurance records. "Everything, dated," Mrs. Dolch marveled.

It wasn't all business, either. "We found calendars, almost like little diaries, where she would record what we thought was the most insignificant things: what she wore, etc. She had met this wonderful young man ‹ his name is Gary ‹ and she wrote about 'The first time I went out with Gary. The first time Gary sent me flowers.' This organization thing has knocked us all for a loop. Who would've known? To me, she'll always be my kid sister."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 11, 2001.




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