R. Mark Rasweiler

R.  Mark Rasweiler
World Trade Center

Father, Son and Canoe


R. Mark Rasweiler bought a canoe about a year ago -- a 14-footer, fiberglass -- partly because he wanted to get out on the water more, and partly "because he wanted to spend more time with me," said his 18-year-old son, Michael.

Mr. Rasweiler's daughters -- Caryn, 27, and Lindsey, 24 -- had their own lives, but Michael was still at home. So father and son would take the canoe to a tributary of the Delaware River near the family house in Flemington, N.J., and head out for the Delaware, fishing for smallmouth bass and the occasional trout.

"We took the canoe out a couple of times," Michael Rasweiler recalled, "went fishing a couple of times, but I was so busy -- and he was so busy in his job" -- a vice president at Marsh & McLennan on the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center. The floor plan shows that Mr. Rasweiler, 53, sat exactly where the first plane hit. "It's sad," his son said, "we didn't have the time to take the canoe out more."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 24, 2001.




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