As far as his family knew Tuesday morning, Brian P. Dale was safe in Los Angeles.
That's where he was supposed to have flown Monday night. But the Warren, N.J., man instead opted to fly out Tuesday morning. His family learned he was on American Airlines Flight 11 when his wife called the airline.
"We all went from thinking he was OK to finding out he was missing--not missing, gone, dead," said his brother, Kevin.
The 43-year-old father of three was traveling on business, something he did often as a founder of a New York City-based investment firm, Blue Capital Management.
Dale loved camping and boating. "He was very focused on family--work and family," his brother said.
Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.