Gordy Aamoth was at the top of his game. His golf was improving, and he had a membership in the Creek Club in Locust Valley, N.Y. He had girlfriends. And on Monday, Sept. 10, in his hometown of Minneapolis, he completed his biggest merger deal as an investment banker at Sandler O'Neill & Partners. The deal was to be officially announced the next day at the firm's World Trade Center office.
Mr. Aamoth, 32, was always a good athlete. He was the captain of his high school football team and played hockey. He went to Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and earned a business degree. "He always knew he wanted to go to Wall Street," said his father, Gordon.
Gordy Aamoth also loved parties and how he looked. "Every situation was more fun when Gordy was there," said his mother, Mary. "He was always beautifully put together."
Despite entreaties to consider returning to Minneapolis, Gordy Aamoth was determined to stay in New York, even if it was far from his family. "He loved New York," his father said. "He often said, 'You had to know it to love it, and most people don't.' "
But there will be a touch of Gordy Aamoth at home. His high school, the Blake School, has decided to name its new football field the Gordy Aamoth Memorial Stadium.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 16, 2001.
Gordon McCannel Aamoth, Jr., age 32, of New York City, missing and
presumed dead in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001.
Born at Eglin Air Force Base, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, August 8, 1969.
Family members include his parents, Mary & (Dr.) Gordon Aamoth of
Wayzata and brothers, Erik & wife, Tracy, Peter; aunts and uncles;
Bruce & Barbara Aamoth, Archie & Trish Aamoth, Jane & Don Swanson,
Elizabeth & Jim Fandrich, Kathy & John Dixon, Nancy Keating, Tim
Keating, as well as many loving cousins and many, many friends. Family
members that have passed include grandparents, Louise & Gordon Aamoth
of Fargo, Gen & Stan Keating of Minot. Gordy was a 1988 graduate of
The Blake School and a 1992 graduate of Babson College. He had been
employed in New York by Sandler, O'Neill & Partners since 1993.
Previously, he had worked at Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. Memorial
service Thursday, September 20, 2001 at Basilica of St. Mary, 88 No.
17th St., Minneapolis at 3 PM. Visitation at 1 PM preceding the
service. The family prefers memorials to The Blake School, 110 South
Blake Road, Hopkins, MN 55343 or Evans Scholars Foundation, 1 Briar
Road, Golf, IL 60029.
Paid Notice published in THE STAR TRIBUNE.