Myra Joy Aronson, 50;
Manager of PR at Compuware
By Globe Staff, 9/20/2001
Myra Joy Aronson of Charlestown, a public relations manager for Compuware Corp. in Cambridge, died in the crash of American Airlines Flight 11 in New York City on Sept. 11. She was 50.
Ms. Aronson, a longtime Boston resident, was on her way to Palm Springs, Calif., for a business conference along with her co-worker, Graham Berkeley, 37, of Boston, who was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 and also died in the attack.
"Myra was a wonderful friend," said Pamela Waite of Cambridge. "She was someone who was looking forward to the rest of her life."
Born in Elgin, Ill., Ms. Aronson was raised in St. Louis. In 1971, she graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in French.
She spent her junior year studying in France, where her love for the country's language and cuisine flourished. She later received a master's degree in communications at Boston University.
Ms. Aronson had resided in the Boston area since 1973, according to family and friends.
Over the years, she worked as a public relations consultant to many Boston companies. Ms. Aronson also taught public relations courses at Emerson College. She had worked as a public relations and alliance manager for Compuware Corp. in Cambridge since May 2000.
"She was an incredibly bright woman on top of her game in public relations," Waite said. "She was a wonderful person and I'm going to miss her terribly."
A music fan, Ms. Aronson served on the marketing committee for the Handel and Haydn Society, a premier period instrument orchestra and professional chorus.
Family and friends described Ms. Aronson as athletic and health-conscious, working out four or five times a week.
She leaves her mother, Evelyn, of St. Louis; a brother, Jules, of Bethesda, Md.; and two sisters, Elyse Van Breedan of Clearwater, Fla., and Deborah of St. Louis.
A private memorial service will be held in October.
Editorial Obituary published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on September 20, 2001.