Tae Kwon Do for Stress
After his two hours of commuting from the World Trade Center, where he was an accountant for Cantor Fitzgerald, Alan H. Merdinger spent almost every evening at Lehigh Valley Taekwondo in Bethlehem, Pa. "It was a way to release his energy, to release any stress. He just loved being there," said Barbara Merdinger, his wife of 23 years.
His teacher, Lee Arnold, remembered a helpful, strong and funny student.
"Often I would grapple with him and frustrate him," Mr. Arnold said. "He knew what to do to get me, but he was not strong enough to do it. He would get very frustrated with that, but he was a good student."
Mr. Arnold plans to present Mrs. Merdinger with the blue belt her husband, who was 47, would have earned in September.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 13, 2001.