A Reader of Mysteries
Jimmy N. Storey's wife, Pam, does not believe the way her husband died makes him an automatic hero. But the flood of letters she received after Sept. 11 from people whose lives he had touched and careers he had mentored as far back as the 1970's made her deeply proud of the heroic figure he had been during his life.
A senior vice president for Marsh & McLennan based in Houston, Mr. Storey was visiting the company's offices in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. After his death, Ms. Storey said, letters poured in from as far away as Spokane, Wash., where the couple lived 22 years ago when Mr. Storey worked for Aetna Insurance.
Mr. Storey, 58, was a voracious reader of mysteries, an avid history buff and a doting father and grandfather. His daughter Cynthia used to call him daily with problems and questions about personal and world events. Often, he picked up her children from the day care center near his Houston office when she needed help.
His other daughter, Tracey, recalls his lending her money to open her first bank account — and taking it away after she spent it, violating the terms of the loan. Ms. Storey took to heart the lesson about trust and its boundaries. "It takes a certain love and respect for your children to be able to teach them things like that," she said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 31, 2001.