Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan
World Trade Center

The Surf Spoke to Her

She worked high atop 1 World Trade Center, but Sarah Khan was happiest at sea level. Her idea of a day well spent centered on a trip to Jones Beach with her husband and their two daughters, ages 11 and 13, where they would play volleyball and listen to music over a picnic lunch. The surf would crash and the birds would call, and the Khan family would enjoy every minute of it. "She would make her stuff, and I would go get my ice bucket," said her husband, Nazam. "I have so many pictures of her, out at the beach."

A cafeteria manager for Forte Food, which ran the Cantor Fitzgerald dining rooms, Mrs. Khan, 32, emigrated from Guyana in 1992, arriving in New York where her husband had settled two years earlier. They coordinated their schedules to maximize their time with the children; she worked early and got home when school let out; he went in a little later, after getting everyone ready for the day. On weekends the Khans liked to go to the movies or to the theater, all together.

Mrs. Khan had dark eyes, dark hair and a warm smile, which she lavished on family and friends. "Her pretty smile," her husband said. "That is the first thing you will see."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on April 21, 2002.

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