Jerrold Paskins

Jerrold Paskins
World Trade Center

Up to 58 Pushups

There were two things Jerrold Paskins never left home without: the ring his wife Inez gave him for his 40th birthday and a 1976 silver dollar issued for the nation's bicentennial.

Mr. Paskins, 57, a reinsurance executive with the Devonshire Group in Anaheim Hills, Calif., was a stickler for routines and mementos.

He was in the office every morning by 6, never stopped for lunch, and never let a day go by without doing pushups — one for every year of his life and "an extra for good luck."

"The work ethic was very important to him," said Inez Paskins, who met her husband of 31 years when they were college students. The couple had one son, Robert, who lives in San Francisco.

On Sept. 9, Mr. Paskins came to New York for what was supposed to have been a three- day business trip — an insurance audit on the 78th floor of the trade center. His remains were identified Nov. 11. The 1976 silver dollar and the special birthday ring were also found and returned to the family.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 1, 2001.

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