Promotion to the 96th Floor
"Titanic" was just hitting theaters when Timothy A. Haviland earned a promotion from computer programmer to project manager at Marsh & McLennan, a jump that took him from an office on the Avenue of the Americas in Midtown to the 96th floor of 1 World Trade Center.
Just like Jack, the movie's hero, Mr. Haviland thought that he had it all. "After his first day, he was jumping around the house saying, `This is New York! I'm king of the world!' " said his wife, Amy L. Haviland. "This man, you couldn't get the smile off his face when his position moved to the World Trade Center."
Mr. Haviland, 41, met the future Mrs. Haviland online almost five years ago. They hit it off immediately but had one big problem: he was in St. Paul, Minn., and she was on Long Island. He decided to visit. She said their love affair began in the baggage claim area at La Guardia Airport and led to a wedding two years ago. It was a four-ring ceremony: one each for the bride and groom and a ring for each of Mrs. Haviland's children, Nicholas, 14, and Jesse, 12.
Mrs. Haviland's brother, Robert W. Spear Jr., a firefighter, also died in the attack.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 30, 2001.