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September 12, 2016
Thinking of you, dear Laura, and remembering your beautiful smile and what a great friend you were. Rest in the sweetest peace.
September 12, 2016
Still thinking of you, Laura, and missing your presence on this earth. If you haven't come back yet, I hope it is because you are loving where you are. If you have, please find me and let's have that visit we should have had years ago. I love you.
September 11, 2016
"The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want"
PSALM 23:1

Laura 15 years have passed and we will always remember your smiling face and your kind heart.

So many are thinking about you today and as a matter of fact each and every day of the year.

Miss you and love you
Barbara Jaffe
February 14, 2016
Visted the memorial site in November, very nicely and tastefully done, wanted to choose just one victim to record my condolences
September 15, 2015
thinking of you
September 13, 2015
From a Facebook posting on the 11th:Today I felt pulled to the river, to Croton Landing. The weather was not boiling or pouring for the first time since I walked last weekend, and strangely, it wasn't until I pulled into the lot that I remembered of course, the wonderful 9/11 memorial that is in the circle at the end of the path. I guess that was pulling me there today too, even though I didn't know it.
Today I thought hard about my friend Laura the whole time walking. No podcasts or music or phone. Laura was stopped in time in her early 40's this day, 14 years ago. We'd just rekindled an old teenage friendship. She had come up from the city the weekend before to do a tag sale and hang out with me, Emma and Gabe, who were four and seven at the time. She was just getting to know them. Now they are eighteen and twenty one, and Laura's forever in her early 40's. The dogs and cats that her friends and family adopted when she didn't come home that day are probably on "the other side" wit her now, from old age.
I sat quiet for many long minutes on the bench at the statue, and looked at the sun setting over the wide Hudson, and the light on the north side of Croton Point Park.
Laura would have surely loved the calm river today, the brilliant aqua and purple light on the water, the gold and shining green of the hill of Croton point in the warm pink sunset, the variety of dogs and their owners as they, too, walked up the path to that memorial that would not have even had to be there, if only. She might have come for a walk there with me and a new dog, if only.
I always say her name a whole bunch of times, over and over, out loud on this day.
Laura Laura Laura.
September 12, 2015
Laura, 14 years have passed already but you are never forgotten. You live on in the hearts and souls of so many who loved you. My son Gary Jaffe sent me a picture this week of you and your beautiful dog.
I think of you so often and also of your family.
In love and peace
Barbara Jaffe
September 12, 2015
Still think of you all the time. You are not forgotten, sweet soul, nor will you ever be. Thank you for meeting up with Fritz. I know you must have found him and comforted his spirit. I love you, Laura.
September 11, 2015
Laura,
Do you remember me? I was your music teacher at Virginia Road Elementary. I have visited you at the reflecting pool and the memorial at Kensico every year since that fateful day.
September 11, 2015
I just reread one of the beautiful stories about you Laura. Seeing you each time I entered the dog park always gave me such a calm feeling - that calmness washes over me today as I think about you. Thank you for all that you shared. Peace.
September 15, 2014
Memories of you warm my heart , I see a gentle soul in my thoughts and know you found your peace much too soon
September 15, 2014
We miss you always, sweet Laura - but in September especially.

"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end." ~Author Unknown
September 15, 2014
We miss you always, sweet Laura - but in September especially.

"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end." ~Author Unknown
September 14, 2014
Laura, you will never, ever be forgotten.
Each and every September 11 I watch the horror that occured in 2001 because I never ever want to forget,and when they call your name, tears still come to my eyes.
Your friends all miss you so very much
In love and peace
Barbara Jaffe
September 12, 2014
Thinking of you dear Laura, and sending love and thanks for being such a wonderful friend. You will never be forgotten.
September 11, 2014
Still remember your warm smile and glorious voice. the world is poorer without you. love always
September 11, 2014
Dear Laura, I always say your name out loud over and over on this day - you are remembered with such love by so many.
September 11, 2014
I can't bare to think it's been 13 years without your beautiful smile. Thinking of you on this day. Sending love across the universe to you. xoxo
September 11, 2014
Dear Laura... I will never fully understand... The bench with your name is there and at times i go visit the dog run for it ... the memory of you is alive and present... but I often wonder how is it that you are not here... how is it that you are not on FB? wherever you are ... i send love
September 11, 2014
I still think about you all the time, dear lady and being thankful you were in my life. I'm thinking of your family, too, and hoping they have comfort.
September 11, 2014
Laura I will never forget anything from the horrific act that was brought on America and our families 13 years ago. Rip beautiful lady.
September 11, 2014
13 years later friend and you are missed as though it was yesterday. I will be at your bench in riverside park dog run today and reflect for 85 seconds- your contributions to life.
September 11, 2014
Laura, we remember you today, 13 years later. To Laura's family members : Take Laura's positives and feel the goodness you feel by being Laura's messenger. All the best to Laura's family members. Regards.
September 10, 2014
Miss you my dear friend!
September 12, 2013
Laura, I still think about you all the time and miss knowing you're still in the world--we need your spirit.
September 12, 2013
Laura, it's hard to believe 12 years have passed. You are missed each and every day and forever in our hearts.
Barbara Jaffe

"Faith does not come in one great flash as lightning of a summer night but from a thousand tiny lamps that
pierce the darkness with their light"
Winston O. Abbott
September 11, 2013
Miss you and thinking of you today and always....
September 11, 2013
Your friends from Syracuse U. still thinking of you and missing you. PEACE, sweet angel.
September 11, 2013
Thinking of you today Laura.xx
September 11, 2013
CORRECTION TO THE PHOTO I POSTED: The video party was 2001, not 2011. My apologies.
September 11, 2013
Laura, your pals miss you every day, but especially on this sad day each year.
September 14, 2012
Thinking of you, dear Laura, my friend.
Blessings and love,
Kathy
September 13, 2012
Always remembered-never forgotten. All my love. Rainbows 4-ever.
September 11, 2012
Laura, We were supposed to grow old togther, the crew from Valhalla High School Drama Club - You, me, Kim, Jimmy, and Joe - then, this senseless act tore you away from us. I can't help but think what your warmth and beautiful soul would add to our gatherings... We have never forgotten you, and as each year passes, and the realization of life's preciousness intensifies - we miss you more and more, knowing that you would have been wise, and wonderful, and more loving than we could ever have imagined in our youth. We miss you and love you - always in our hearts... Paulette Oliva
September 11, 2012
As I do every year since 9/11/2001, I watched as they said Laura's name. I was thinking that on that tragic day, Bob Dylan came out with a new album called Love and Theft and one of the songs was Lonseome Day Blues and one of the lines is: "Today will be a sad and lonesome day"
My heart is heavy today for Laura and her family and my thoughts and prayers are with them.
Barbara Jaffe
September 11, 2012
Thinking of dear Laura today. I can still hear her beautiful voice in my memory.
September 11, 2012
I remember working with Laura at ASCAP in the mid-1980's. She had a musical soul. May she rest in peace.
September 11, 2012
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same. —Anonymous
September 11, 2012
Always in my heart Laura. Love you.
September 11, 2012
Never stop thinking about you Laura. You still light up my life.
September 10, 2012
Thinking about you on the eve of yet another year without you.
September 10, 2012
I remember Laura from Valhalla High School as a classmate. A quiet, gentle soul with a smile that would light up her face. She will forever carry that image as that is the best way to pay respects to a beautiful person taken from us way too soon <3
September 10, 2012
As we approach.the 11th anniversary of 911, I wish to remember and give thanks for having known Laura. I had the honor of working with Laura at the Jewish Repertory Theatre during the 2000-2001 season. That was a chaotic year when we moved from Playhouse 91 to the Duke theatre on 42nd st.
Laura was a Very Kind and Gentle Soul. who would always have a smile and if you were having a bad day she would cheer you up. She was very concerned for her beloved dog JT who would come to work some days. Laura was also very health concious. When I would go out to get a soda for myself and Steve Anderson our managing director, Laura would only ask for a bottle of water. I would also bring back a hershey bar for her which she would accept as I learned that like myself had a sweet tooth.
Whenever I see a copy of the American Flag poster with the names of the 911 victims, I always look for Laura's name.
God Bless you Laura! You and your family will always be in my prayers.
September 02, 2012
I did not know Laura personally but I graduated from Syracuse University in 1981, the same year she graduated from SU. It is so sad to think that along with thousands of others her life was cut short. Although she is no longer here physically, she remains in the hearts and minds of those who had the pleasue of meeting her and the apparent fortune of being her friend.
September 11, 2011
I have been thinking of Laura all day, and remembering what a beautiful, caring friend she was. I met Laura in the '80's when I lived in NYC, and we connected through our love of the theatre. My dear sweet friend, thank you for all the happy memories. You were such a loving person and I will forever hold you in my heart.
September 11, 2011
I remember reading about Laura in the NYT a decade ago. Her love of theatre stood out among so many stories. I visit here today to remember Laura and the joy she brought to her friends, family and dogs. I look forward to visiting the bench next time I'm in NYC. "Everything changes; nothing is lost"
September 11, 2011
Grace and beauty and a voice that could brighten any day. I think of you often and know you are at peace in a place without pain or fear.
A few years ago, I was commissioned to design and make some plaques for a NYC school. The one dedicated to the heroes of 9/11 has an extra dedication on the back--to you.
It may seem silly to admit it now, but I had the worst crush on you in college. Who wouldn't? So I now send my love

Always,
John
September 11, 2011
My friend called me to say that she saw a photo in the paper of one of the victims and thought, "great headshot." Then she realized it was Laura. We all took acting classes together. That's how I knew Laura. I remember her as a kind, gentle, sensitive person and a very hard worker. It still hurts everytime I look at her photo, every time Sept. 11 rolls around again. I can't imagine what she went through but if memory serves me right on who she was, she was probably comforting others.
September 11, 2011
Hearing your name for the 10th time....it doesn't seem possible. Your inner beauty will never be extinguished, and it transcends the horror of what happened on this day 10 years ago. I wish only that you are resting in peace, in a much better place - and I am comforted that you are with all those you loved, in spirit. xo Paulette
September 11, 2011
How can I ever forget you and everything about you carissima Laura... How can a person like you disappear like you did will NEVER make sense to me ... I'm as angry, sad and frustrated as I was that Thrusday morning when a call informed me that 'Laura is missing..."
You will never be forgotten
love you
September 11, 2011
You will always be young, you will always be beautiful, the music of your laughter will live in our hearts forever. PEACE
September 11, 2011
I remember you on this 11th day of September each year, but more so on the 10th anniversary. Sweet Laura, may you rest in peace.
September 11, 2011
Last year I visited the dog run and saw Laura's bench. I think she would have liked this quote:

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity." – Gilda Radner
September 09, 2011
The last time I saw Laura was the weekend before Sept. 11, 2001, when she helped me and my two children with a tag sale. She was wonderful with my kids, age four and seven at the time. One of the things we spoke about was whether she would ever be a parent; we talked about possibilities for her of someday, even being a single mom if that was where life took her. I teach third grade, and today was the day we were asked to speak about September 11 with our students. Suddenly, I realized that had Laura decided to have a child soon after we'd spoken, that child would be a third grader now. What a great mom she would have been. So I did tell my students today -about my friend Laura, who loved animals - and her cat,who was adopted by another friend who had witnessed the towers' fall. A small set of connections, too small a comfort for missing Laura, but one way to bring things full circle...
September 06, 2011
I will never forget meeting up with Laura and JT at the 86th Dog Run on 9/10. It was so nice to see her as we had not ran into each other for a few weeks. On this day we both had lots of time in the middle of the day to visit. Not a common occurrence in the dog world. But on this day we hung out for maybe 2 hours or more. We had often spoke of enduring the NYC struggle. But on this day she was so positive about her life; clear-headed. She had recently had her hair done. There was no gray. She smiled with such a peace about her. She was more beautiful than I had ever seen her. We spoke of life and things to do. She was serious about getting back into theater and was asking about the Barrow Group acting class that I had been involved in. She even mentioned about her new gig assisting corporate meetings (although I was unaware that her latest event was at WTC) We let our dogs play and sat and threw the ball over and over and over. I took my chocolate lab, Eleanor, and my Beagle, Beagle, and said goodbye. Goodbye to Laura and JT. You will always be loved and never forgotten.
September 05, 2011
I have been sitting here looking at Laura's picture remembering our many conversations in the dog park. My golden, Gus just loved JT and their daily meetings. I can't believe it's been ten years since we were speaking about the conferences she was doing at the WTC - will never forget. Laura, you are remembered with love.
September 05, 2011
I think of you daily, Laura, and will always miss your presence on this earth. The shock of losing you is still fresh. You were and still are a bright light in my life and I thank you for so many sweet memories, for your love, and for your incredible smile. It still sustains me.
May 02, 2011
May 2,2011
There is no doubt that we think of Laura each and every day since 9/11/2001.
Although we know nothing can bring Laura back, there is relief today in knowing that Osama Bin Laden has been killed.
We continue to send healing light and love to Laura's family and hope they can find some comfort knowing this horrible person is gone from this earth.
Laura will always remain in our hearts and souls.
In love and peace
Barbara Jaffe
September 12, 2010
I just found out that Laura died in the North Tower. I knew her from camp as a teenager and she was always so kind to me with a warm smile. May your spirit continue to soar on heaven. Your friend Karl
September 11, 2010
We had so many laughs together. Our friendship will always be a wonderful memory and great times. Think of you all the time.
Your friend always,

Judy (Coleman)Delano
September 11, 2010
Thinking of you and listening to James Taylor's "Secret of Life." Since we're only here for a while . . . might as well show some style. Visited your dog run on 87th Street and the bench with a plaque for you. XO
September 11, 2010
Always remembering you and not just on this day. I can hear you musical laugh still. Love to all that miss you so,
September 11, 2010
You were a bright light to so many Laura. Your smile and kindness will never be forgotten.
Gayle
September 11, 2010
September 11, 2010
9 long years have passed since that disasterous event that brought down the World Trade Center.
Laura, I think of you every day and I envelope your family with healing light and love as they deal with their loss.
Laura, you are missed by so many people who loved you and as I said last year, I know you are in a better place.
In love and peace
Barbara Jaffe
September 11, 2010
Another year has passed - We will never forget - your memory is with us always and your beautiful smile and loving soul will live in our hearts forever. Miss you and love you my beautiful friend.....Paulette and family
September 11, 2010
Thinking of you. Missing you. Hearing your angelic voice. Sing out Louise!
Love to your family.
October 13, 2009
Happy Birthday in Heaven Laura...I think of you all the time...we hit the big "50" this year...and I miss sharing that milestone with you. I was recently at the 92nd Street Y - and memories always flood back to your Mom telling the story of how she went into labor right there in that very building. How fitting it was to have your memorial service there as well... We miss your bright smile and beautiful soul... God Bless you...xo Paulette
September 11, 2009
Laura, today at 9:03 AM, we had a moment of silence in the school where I teach. I bowed my head in my classroom of third graders, many of whom were born in 2001, and thought of you. For each of these past eight years, on this day I repeat your name out loud to myself, over and over, first thing in the morning. It's my way to keep your memory alive, and today, I know I saw your light shining in the eyes of these kids in my classroom.
Missing you,
Betsy
September 11, 2009
Laura,
I have so many fond memories. Now that I walk the halls of SU Drama on a daily basis you are always in my thoughts. My heart aches for your family and all of us who miss you. Everybody still knows your name!
Love,
David
September 11, 2009
Thinking of you, Laura. That smiling photo is always in a treasured place in my home.

"When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." – Kahlil Gibran
September 10, 2009
September 10, 2009
I can hardly believe that 8 years have passed. I didn't know you personally Laura but I knew you through my son Gary Jaffe.
I think of you often.
My heart goes out to your family.
I know in my heart you are in a better place.
Love
Barbara Jaffe
September 10, 2009
Eight years Laura. I will never forget. All my love to your family and my respect and love to your memory. You were a dear woman and a joyful light.
xoxoj
September 11, 2008
I only met Laura a few times, but she was indeed a beautiful person. And as Parker is a part of our family now, we think of Laura and the Rockefeller family often. As Betsy once said, I'm sure Laura and Parker communicate regularly.
Our thoughts are with Laura's friends and family today.
September 11, 2008
Dear Rockefeller Family,
My love and support as we commemorate this sad day again.
xoxo, Jeryll
October 13, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
September 16, 2007
In remembrance

With Love

David
September 11, 2007
Thinknk of Laura Today....
You are missed.
http://zudsyspetservice.com/memorial.htm
September 11, 2007
Dear Friend,
Six years. I am still, and will always be, so pained and lost at the thought of how you were taken, and will always miss you. I can hear your voice and see your smile. They will always be present in my heart.
Much love to your family and JT.
Jeryll
July 01, 2007
Hi Sweetie!
I cannot believe that it has almost been 6 years since that horrible day. You have been on my mind so much lately. I think I have tried to "put it all behind me" instead of honoring your presence in my life. I miss you Laura so much. You were an integral part of my existence for so many years.

I love you.
Michele
April 23, 2007
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
February 19, 2007
In remembrance....
September 14, 2006
Laura,
Whenever Wayne, Pika and I go to the 85th St Dog Run we think of you and JT and remember the time we had fun together.
Aki
September 11, 2006
Rembering you Laura on this sad day
September 11, 2005
I was a freshman at Syracuse University when Laura was a senior and I was lucky to be among her many friends throughout the years.

She was, beyond a doubt, one of the most talented actresses I've ever known. But, more importantly, an outstanding person with a big and loving heart.

Laura, you are missed, but never forgotten.
September 11, 2004
Dear Laura,
I knew you first as JT's mom of the 87th Street bunch, then as Laura…then "anonymously." You could make me feel comfortable with a quiet smile of recognition from across the way—and you did, especially that one night in the church, one block down. I wonder if you remember.

But, it’s really no matter. You figured into my life in a significant way, whether or not you really knew my name (though you must have known my dog’s name!). I wish I had told you then that you were important to me…because I could have, well before I knew you would go missing. You did not become meaningful to me in your missing.

I remember first meeting you. We were walking the paths inside Riverside Park, not far from the 87th Street entrance—and like so many dog-owners in the neighborhood do, we began to walk together and struck up a conversation. We had both adopted our dogs—yours a golden-brown Shepherd mix, mine a little black Collie mix. Maybe you would remember the way I was so interested to know how you had found JT…and the way I shared my story of how I had found Caleb with you? Maybe you would remember talking about how we both felt such a strong bond with our adopted dog?

From then on, I would spot you and JT in the 87th Street dog run. We “dog-run regulars” could chat for hours, or sit next to one another in quiet calm—sometimes on a tree stump, or a bench, even the ground—as the sun went down. It was a perfect way to pass the evening, among familiar faces, watching the dogs interact…a ritual. It gave me a great feeling of community, within such a big city, walking into that run and seeing you…and seeing Ellen with Maisy (sp?)…Cisco with Michael and Sally…Emma and her “mom” Marge…and Scooter's parents, John, Elle…and of course, Letitia with Atticus. You knew them too.

I have moved down lower on the UWS, still on Riverside. I would want you to know. I miss 87th Street—I’ve found nothing that comes close to the community that developed there. I adopted a second dog in August of 2001, just before you were lost…and then a 3rd dog (!!!) in July of 2003. I don’t think you’d be too surprised—yes, I’m still passionate about dogs. You might have guessed, from our very first conversation in the park, that you would find me so entwined with rescue dogs down the line—from the way in which I was driven to learn all about how you came to adopt JT! I loved to witness your close relationship with him, and respected you for giving a home to a dog in need. It was a sight to see, wasn’t it?—all of the mixed breeds and mutts and more who’d found paradise with their adoptive parents?—right there in the 87th Street dog run.

Your photo and description were posted there. And in the words below your picture, we were assured that JT was safe—that he was waiting for you—as he played in your parent’s yard. I hear he is still waiting, with love.

Caleb is now 8+ years of age…I hate to watch as his beard grows grey—but he defies my worry for him, waking in the mornings full of energy (he’s only slowed down perhaps a second or two!). I think JT might not be too fond of the girl dog I adopted—she’s a bossy one! But I think he would like my youngest dog. He adores each and every dog he meets—and would surely adore JT.

Funny—we “dog-run regulars” all knew a dog's name before we knew an owner's name, didn’t we?—and we remembered the dog’s names better than the owner’s! My greeting to you was probably more often an exclamation of "JT" than of “Laura." It was only made sense, in that time, and space.

Now, things have changed so much. But I still remember you well. You do not fade.

Thank you for being a part of my life.
Anne, and Caleb—911, 2004
September 11, 2004
Laura, I think of you often. How you were taken pains me so. Today seems unbearably quiet. The passage of time does not feel a salve. Only your gentle spirit and the memory of your kindness and warm smile soothes the sadness. My prayers to your family and JT.
December 13, 2003
Gob bless you laura we had great times together! I miss you lots and I wish that you were hear with me,Dear Rockefeller family my name is karen I was worked with your wife, daughter, mom on the morning of sept 11 I was on the same floor she was but I had a brief meeting on the 59 floor.I tried to call her but no answer I loved her like a sister. I send my prays to your hole family god bless you laura
September 11, 2003
You brightened the day. The pain of knowing and remembering that you've passed on is, gradually, washed away by the comfort of remembering you as you were. You still brighten our days.
September 10, 2003
Now it's 2 years. I miss you. I miss our calls, our visits, our friendship. I have your picture in my office, and I say Hi every day. You will never be forgotten.
Love always, Howdy
August 29, 2003
Like my sister Betsy, who posted an earlier entry here, I knew Laura from summer camp in the late 60s / early 70s. I was a counselor, she was a camper - a sweet little kid with a huge smile and an unrequited crush on sardonic, acerbic ol' teenaged me. Her smile then was just as I see it in these later pictures: warm, genuine, intelligent and fearlessly generous. It's so refreshing to see that same exuberance for life shining out from the eyes of the grown woman in these pictures.

In the spring of 2001 I created a web site for alumni of that camp. She heard about it and joined. We exchanged a few emails, which meant a lot more to me than I let on, but that was that. I envy my sister having that brief time to re-connect with Laura. Whenever I feel anger over what happened, I also feel very lucky to have known her at all.
December 06, 2002
To Laura's mother and father, Kay and Ken. This is December, 2002: Mitch Agruss and then I only realized that Laura had perished at the World Trade Center within the last several weeks.

We had never met Laura, having moved to California just before she was born, and you and I last met for lunch in NYC about five years ago.

I am very caught up with working for peace through the United Nations Association, an advocate for the Northern California division where the peace movement is in bloom.

Laura's passing was profoundly unfair, given all the danger Ken was in and sacrifices Ken made in fighting in Europe in World War II.

The victory medal from that war is engraved with the Four Freedoms it was to achieve, Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion.

The United Nations was established to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. Laura's and your sacrifice shall serve to stir us all to wage and finally achieve peace. All my love to you and to Terry and her family, Katharine
October 20, 2002
Laura,

I was reading the names of those who perished in the Towers today, and when I came across yours, I hoped it was not the Laura I knew.

Laura and I met in acting class. We studied together for several years, and were neighbors on the Upper West Side until I moved to another neighborhood. I rehearsed scenes with Laura at her apartment, and she was a very good actress.

I remember Laura being gentle and kind and good humored and beautiful. Beautiful inside and out. She was someone you could talk to and tell your secrets. Her face reflected that inner beauty and generosity. She was vivacious and passionate and strong and she had faith in life and art.

Laura, I will miss knowing you are on the Upper West Side. Now, when I look at my dogs, I'll think of you and your JT.

My sympathy to your family for losing such a great girl. We all cry for you, Laura.

Helen
October 13, 2002
Dear Laura,
Happy Birthday, wherever you are!
We will always miss you
Ciao Bellissima
September 13, 2002
It's been a year since the awful day that we lost such a beautiful woman. For me, the loss is just incomprehensible. I kept thinking we had more time. Laura and I graduated from Valhalla High School and shared the same love of theatre. We performed together - and remained friends always. We shared dinners, and visits - albeit too infrequently - but I always knew our love and warmth for each other enabled us to "pick up" right where we left off. That was the way she was.... I miss her terribly, as I'm sure you all do.
Our high school has established a scholarship in her name, which allows her to be honored year after year. I love you, Laura - May peace prevail on earth.
Paulette Oliva Schlotman
September 12, 2002
Laura,
The day I got our Syracuse Alumni Magazine, I dreaded that when I opened it I would find the unthinkable, a name in the obit. secion dedicated to 9/11. And there it was. When I was a freshman at SU,you had graduated the year before,but your legacy lived on. People talked about your talent, your charm,your beautiful smile. It was all true. When I was fortunate enough to see you perform at a tribute for Brent Wagner,I heard the voice of an angel. From reading all these tributes to you,you must be glowing up there in Heaven,your loss has created a stir in so many, a void that hopefully will be comforted by the memory of your loving spirit. I lare learne that you too have a love for animals,I also have a rescued dog and two cats. The last time I saw you we performed together in a Cabaret for SU Drama alum,and I'm only sorry we didn't get to chat more. I pray your parents and family find some comfort in knowing how many lives you touched. I will always remember you,the beautiful person I wish I'd known better.
Love,
Ilan Kwittken
September 11, 2002
Laura:
Its been a year since you were taken away from so many that loved you...and you were on my mind today....all day. So was Tinker..and Kay and Ken...and Laura N....and others. You were Tinker's "little sister" to me....but I remember meeting up with you after you had "grown up". My how little girls grow up to be poised amazing young women.
You stuck with your love of "the Biz"...and I admire you for that. In fact, me and Phil Bryce got together and worked up our own duet of a J.T. song that we thought would be appropriate for your memorial ....
"You Can Close Your Eyes". We probably didn't really do it justice....and since soooo many people had sooo many loving things to say about you at your service...we never got to perform it. But I am certain you heard me and Phil crooning it....when we held our "rehearsal" here at my home in Pleasantville. I hope you liked it.
I drive by Valhalla High every day on my way to the train. As the old song goes (probably before your "time")....."You Were On My Mind".
I have the very strong sense that you have already organized a theatre group, singing group and dog lovers group up there where you are now.
September 11, 2002
Well, it's a year after Laura's passing, and somehow it seems like it was just yesterday. I knew Laura through working together in her mom's company, The Travelling Playhouse. What a sweet, generous, intelligent, talented person she was. Every time I perform I think of her. My husband and I now run The Little Apple Theater Company, which is a sort of off-shoot from the company we worked in with Laura. We dedicated last year's season to her memory. I still have the feeling of wishing I could have done something to prevent Laura's working at the Towers that day! I know it's pointless, but I keep replaying the day in my mind, wishing I could do something to make it better. Still, at least my memories of Laura feel fresh and vibrant. She has not been forgotten!
Leslie Burby
September 09, 2002
I MET LAURA IN 1998 DURING THE OFF BROADWAY REVIVAL OF "HOME OF THE BRAVE" BY MR ARTHUR LAURENTS. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF FINDING THE PROPS (THE PLAY WAS SET DURING WORLD WAR II AND SHE DID AN AMAZING JOB WITH THAT) I WAS IN CHARGE OF THE COSTUMES (MY DEPARTMENT WAS A DISASTER). WE DID 4 SHOWS TOGETHER SINCE THEN. THE LAST ONE WAS DURING THE SUMMER 2001. HER LAST ONE.
SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON. A VERY TALENTED PERFORMER WHO HAD NO FEAR, NO PRIDE TO SWING IN WHATEVER DEPARTMENT SHE WAS NEEDED. SHE LOVED THEATRE BECAUSE SHE LOVED LIFE. THAT IS WHY SHE WAS READY TO SUPPORT THEATRE IN ANY WAY IT WAS PRESENTED TO HER. NOT TOO MANY PERFORMER ARE CONFIDENT AND HUM,BLE ENOUGH TO BE THAT GENEROUS. AT SOME POINT SHE EVEN BECAME THE COMPANY MANAGER OF THE JEWISH REPERTORY THEATRE (BELEIVE ME THAT WAS NOT EASY JOB, SHE HAD TO UNTANGLE YEARS OF OFFICE MESS) GOD I MISS HER. WHAT I MISS OF HER IS BASICALLY EVERYTHING: THE WAY SHE WAS MOVING HER HAIR OUT OF HER WAY. HER NEED TO TAKE OFF HER SHOES WHEN SHE COULD. I EVEN MISS HER ROOTS (I USED TO MAKE FUN OF THAT) HER VOICE, BOTH SPEAKING AND SINGING, BUT MOST OF ALL I MISS HER LAUGHTER. I MISS MAKING HER LAUGH. SHE WAS ALWAYS READY FOR A LAUGH. ALWAYS. I USED TO LOVE TO MAKE FUN OF HER AND SHE WAS ALWAYS LAUGHING HARD AT THAT, I CAN STILL SEE HER THROWING HER HEAD BACK AND LAUGHING AND EVEN WHEN SHE WAS DONE A SMILE REMAINED TATTOED IN HER FACE. I MISS HER DEVOTION TO J.T. HER DOG. I ENVIED HER LOVE FOR DOGS TO THE POINT THAT IN THE YEAR 2000 I ADOPTED A DOG MYSELF. I DO NOW HAVE TWO DOGS.(ONE OF THEM IS NAMED AFTER LAURA) WHEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM I TRY TO "BE LAURA" AND FIGURE OUT WHAT SHE WOULD DO. LAST OCT 13TH WAS HER BIRTHDAY AND INSTEAD OF A BIRTHADY PARTY WE WERE INVITED TO A MEMORIAL SERVICE. I KNEW THAT LAURA WAS A SPECIAL SOUL A SPECIAL PRESENCE IN THIS PLANET. WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW WAS THAT SO, SO MANY PEOPLE LOVED HER SO MUCH. SO MANY STORIES WERE TOLD, I LEARNED SO MUCH MORE ABOUT HER DURING THAT MEMORIAL. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HER FAMILY FOR THIS GIFT BECAUSE I HAD THE CHANCE TO FEEL CLOSER TO HER. HOW CAN A SPECIAL PERSON LIKE LAURA DIDN'T GET SPARED FROM THIS HORROR. I REALLY DON'T KNOW. I CHOOSE TO TRUST THAT LIFE ONE DAY WILL EXPLAIN THIS TO US IN WAYS THAT WE CANNOT COMPREHEND TODAY. I WISH THE ROCKEFELLER'S FAMILY TO GO ON WITH THE SAME STRENGH, DIGNITY AND COURAGE I SAW THEM DELIVER DURING LAST YEAR MEMORIAL. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LAURA ROCKEFELLER BUT I KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE SO MUCH LAURA IN SO MANY PEOPLE. I AM A DOG PERSON NOW AND I WILL NEVER STOP BEING ONE AND I HAVE TO THANK YOU LAURA TO TEACH ME THAT AFTER ALL I AM LESS SELFISH THAN I THOUGHT I WAS. IT ALMOST A YEAR NOW. THERE IS A BENCH IN HER HONOR AT THE DOG RUN SHE USED TO PLAY WITH J.T. I WILL GO THERE WITH MY DOGS THIS COMING 9/11 ANNIVERSARY. I HOPE SOMEHOW SHE'LL BE THERE. I LOVE YOU LAURA. ALWAYS. ALWAYS. ALWAYS.
September 08, 2002
Being a former school classmate of Laura, (Vahalla HS Class of 1977) I remember her as a talented ray of sunshine. Her smile could light up any room. When I think of her, I am reminded of a better time. She will be painfully missed in all the heart that new her. God Bless Laura and all those who parished with her.
August 17, 2002
I did not know Laura, but I do know the legacy that she left behind in her sister Terry, her nieces Logan and Hannah and her brother-in-law Bill. Laura had to have been one special woman. May she and all of the other victims of Sept. 11 rest in peace. May the living victims of September 11 live in peace.
May 26, 2002
Laura and I met as freshman in the Drama Dept. of Syracuse University in 1977. Jonathan Reuning and John Hatchett introduced us at a dorm coffee house,"Two Below", and The Four Musketeers (so named by friends and professors) were inseparable.

In 1983, I moved to NYC, and Laura and I were roommates at 250 West 85th for the next 4 years. We shared laughter,tears,boyfriend angst, working at ASCAP,acting for her Mom's The Traveling Playhouse, and her beloved kitties, Marchbanks and Uffy.

In 1987,Laura was a bridesmaid at my wedding and sang at the reception with John and Jonathan. Ironically,the trio crooned James Taylor's "Devoted to You" and later, Laura sang "People".

James Taylor was Laura's ultimate man and we actually met him at our favorite brunch spot, Popovers. She was never more excited than on that day. I will never forget how she looked and how kind James was to her. She was on cloud nine for months after that experience.

Laura has a voice like an angel. She was a good listener. She was exceptionally smart with her finances. She had gorgeous skin and an amazing smile. She was incredibly protective of her animals.

One morning, Marchbanks escaped out the door and Laura ran into my bedroom, shaking. We scoured the apartment building, in our pajamas, looking for him. We found him in the basement. Laura cried, I cried,and Marchbanks looked at us like we were nuts.

I still cannot comprehend that Laura is no longer with us. She had so much of her life left to live. I think about her everyday.

In my living room, I have a photograph of Laura at my wedding (she looked especially beautiful that day). Above her image is the word,"Forever", and below, the saying: "Some people touch our lives forever."

Laura has touched my life, forever.
April 10, 2002
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN..LAURA ROCKEFELLER AND MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HER LOVING FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS..STAY CLOSE..PRAY..AND NEVER FORGET 9/11/01..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK FOREVER..MAY JESUS AND HIS SAINTS GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN...AMEN
March 12, 2002
To Laura's family & Friends and her beloved dog "JT" too, I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. May God help you cope and remember the precious moments and good times you had with Laura. I am truly sorry for your terrible loss. God Bless you in your time of pain.
March 11, 2002
Laura and I used to work together at the Risk Waters Group, a London-based company for whom Laura worked on a part-time basis. I had been transferred to the NY office from London in Jan 1999 and we sat together in this miserable little office, which in essence suited neither of us artistic people!!! I eagerly awaited her presence every day as the office would instantly brighten up upon her arrival. We often laughed together, quoting Saturday Night Live sketches (Mike Myers was our favorite!) She had a wonderful sense of humor. Because we lived near each other on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we would often meet up for afternoon tea on the weekends, after walking JT - or for a relaxing dinner at Zen Palate. We went to a few shows together - theatre friends of hers. I also love theatre and music, so we had a lot in common. Laura was very comfortable company - I felt very psychically connected to her, perhaps only realizing how much so after her untimely and tragic death. In July '99 we traveled to Chicago together on business. The company was trying to save money so asked us if we'd mind sharing a hotel room. Mind? We were delighted about it! That was the best business trip I've ever taken. We didn't even do much around Chicago - we just had a laugh wherever we went. She was such a calming presence, a true friend, a great listener, so very loving and kind and of course a wonderful laugh (we often sang together too!) I loved her very dearly. I think about her every day, miss her greatly and have a beautiful picture of her on my bedroom wall from when we were in Chicago. I am learning a lot about the nature of love beyond earthly existence - that someone can stay in your heart eternally, whether or not their physical presence remains. Laura - I love you, I miss you, you are still in my heart daily and thank you for making a difference in my life. You are one of the very few.

With much love always

Emma
xxx
March 11, 2002
I grew up on the same street as Laurie. Her family was sometimes called the "phoney" Rockefellers, but that was the worst anyone said of them. Perhaps "non-controversial" Rockefellers would be a better way to distinguish them from the more famous family with the same name. Apparently the parents are still alive. Those wonderful people do not deserve such heartache in their twilight years.

Laurie was nine years younger than me, so I never knew her that well. All I remember is a contemporary of mine predicting she would grow up to be a "real knockout". From the picture, the prediction came true.

Rest in peace, Laurie. Our thoughts will always be with you.
February 21, 2002
I occasionally walked Laura's dog J.T. I remember how important it was for Laura that I call at her right after I'd finish walking J.T. I gladly called her to report "everything’s OK” J.T. is fine. She would take comfort in my call not to worry.
On September 12th, I had a dream and I saw Laura rushing and picked up two bundles of roses. I approached her and asked, "Who are those flowers for?" She replied, “For J.T. and one bundle for her two cats.” As she was filling out the flower cards I grabbed a bundle of roses and gave them to Laura. The last thing I clearly remember was her warm smile.
It was roughly about eight in the morning when my dream was interrupted. I received a call and was told Laura was in one of the towers. I was speechless. Laura I just want to let you know everything’s OK J.T. and the kitty’s are fine.
February 12, 2002
I did not know Laura personally, but graduated in the same class (1981) from Syracuse University. Over the years, I would go through my college yearbook and always came across two photos that showcased Laura as the lead character in the play "Carnival." Here was a talented woman doing something that she obviously loved and enjoyed. And here was a woman whom, to my mind, her peers at the college recognized by giving her such a wonderful spread in the yearbook.

When I learned that the woman in those photos had been at the WTC on September 11, and had also read some very heartfelt comments about her made by others who had met her or had known her, I felt that, though we had not met, that Laura Rockefeller was the kind of person I would have liked had I met her. I can only know that those who did know her keep her alive within their hearts and thoughts; those of us who did not know her keep her within our hearts and thoughts as well.
February 12, 2002
When I first saw the name Laura Rockefeller, in the newspapers...I knew that it might be the second friend from Syracuse to become a victim of this horrific tragedy. Finally, today, it has been confirmed; upon seeing her picture it was indeed the girl I studied musical theater with in my first and only year at Syracuse. I will never forget Laura as the very warm and extremely reserved girl with the magnificent voice at the mere age of 18. I know she will sing with the angels and cast her warmth to us all from the heavens. Rest in peace you beautiful woman.
Pamela Gayster
February 09, 2002
On labor Day Weekend before the 11th, Laura and I did a yard sale together. We had reconnected after over 20 years, having gone to camp together as teenagers. Our "new" friendship took shape over long conversations about children, work, life; all that good stuff. Out here in the 'burbs, as my junk begins to inevitalby pile up again, I tihnk of the next yard sale with an unbearable tinge of loss. I miss her so much. I think that the proceeds from the next sale will go to the Humane Society, to help those friends of Laura's who, like she did, love unconditionally.
January 23, 2002
It's difficult for me to express any greater emotion than what has already been said about Laura by those who knew her and those that didn't, like me. But, I will share with my country the Mercy Band that bears her name so that she is never forgotten.
January 23, 2002
Goodbye Laura,

We miss you.

The Perez Family
January 14, 2002
I knew Laura from White Plains, N.Y. We went to Valhalla High School. Laura was always involved in the theatre. I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss, Laura was a wonderful person and a friend.
December 31, 2001
I DID NOT KNOW LAURA HOWEVER AFTER
READING HER BIO, I FOUND OUT SHE WAS
BORN 41 PLUS YEARS AGO IN WHITE PLAINS LIKE ME. A WOMAN SO FULL OF LIFE AND LOVE OF LIFE TO BE ENDED IN
SUCH A TRAGIC WAY! I LIKE LAURA LOVE THE ARTS AND THEATER, IT MUST BE SOMETHIG ABOUT BEING BORN IN WHITE PLAINS! GOD PROTECT YOU LAURA IN HIS GLORY AND OF COURSE COMFORT YOUR LOVED ONES.
December 24, 2001
I left New York to live in California full-time on August 16th. Three and a half weeks later, on September 12th, I learned through mutual friends that my friend Laura was amongst the victims of these unspeakable attacks. We shared a love of dogs, theatre, and dear warm friends. I felt so lost here in California, so disconnected from NY, the place that will always be the home of my heart, so far away from those I needed to hold the closest.

I am the third generation of my family - since we emmigrated to escape the Nazis - to live im New York City. It makes me unbearably sad to think that the sanctuary of my family has been so violated. And I am so pained that my sweet friend Laura, and the friends and family members of countless others, are gone.

I returned to New York for the first time since the attacks, in early December. Everywhere I walked I was reminded of both the spirit of the city, and the loss. A large flag hanging in a favorite garden on West 89th Street, where children play in the spring surrounded by flowers and storytelling, was a grim and poignant reminder of how things have changed.

Laura, I will miss your smile and your kindness. Every day I hug my dogs a little tighter, for you and J. T..
December 14, 2001
What a beautiful warm looking woman Laura's picture shows us. We thank you for sharing the picture and story of Laura. We are deeply sorry for your loss of Laura. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
December 10, 2001
Laura was my roommate for two years in college. She was a beautiful, gentle spirit. The thought that we will never have the coffe-shop reunion I've often looked forward to is a great sadness. Tinker - I'm sure you miss her terribly. My prayers are with you. Love, Joy Cotzias (Luettich)
November 21, 2001
Last week, my sister, Mara-high school frind of Terry's, was, by chance, in touch with a Valhalla classmate and told me about Laura. It saddened me greatly. I hadn't known Laura since 7th grade (we moved)-but it is with vivid memory and happiness that I remember her. Her spirit was starting to blossom and I remember taking the train to NYC to spend the day together. We were young, fearless and enjoyed my first outing alone in NYC with a friend, going to the Met., walking through Central Park and visiting with a West Side relative. My heart goes out to your family the loss you have endured. I thought you might want to know how long and how far Laura's warmth was felt. Ellen MInerva
November 14, 2001
I am a drama director at a high school in Canton, Ohio. We have a four year drama program of study. My students and I were so sadden and effected by the events of September 11 that we performed a two-hour vareity show to raise money for victims of this unimaginable tragedy.

Laura Rockefeller seemed to share to love of theatre that my students so stronglly feel. We would love to be able to give the money we raised in her name. Is there any way to contact her loved ones and family?