Edward William Straub, 48, a resident of Morristownship, New Jersey, is missing and presumed dead on September 11, 2001, in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Born in Bennington, Vermont, on April 26, 1953, he was the son of Edward A. and Gloria (Dennett) Straub, former longtime Williamstown residents. He was a graduate of Williamstown High School with the Class of 1971 and is remembered for his percussion and drum abilities in the band. He achieved Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 70. He was a graduate of the former North Adams State College, then moving to Boston to attend Boston University Law School. He graduated with honors in 1979 and passed his bar exam in 1980.
At the time of the attack, he was president of Aon Compensation Consulting. He worked for Aon for several years developing a growing business worldwide.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, he had many interests, including golf, and he loved to do things with his family and take the boys camping in the Scouting tradition.
Besides his parents of Sebring, Florida, he leaves his wife the former Sandra Nadherney, whom he married on June 16, 1990; four sons, Aaron Straub, Sam Straub, Michael Straub, and Jonathon Straub; two grandsons, Joshua and Zachary; two brothers, Stan Straub and Matt Straub; his paternal grandparents, Adam and Beatrice Straub of Hoosac Falls, New York; aunts, an uncle, nephew, and cousin.
A private memorial service was conducted on September 22 in Morristownship.
Tribute submitted by Edward & Gloria Straub.
Hard at Work or at Relaxing
Edward W. Straub, who was 48 and lived in Morris Township, N.J., could multitask with the best of them.His oldest son, Aaron, remembers his father coming home from working and settling into his rocking chair to watch television and read the newspaper at the same time.
A lawyer and compensation specialist for Aon, Mr. Straub loved his work. At the same time, he also loved his family, which includes two sons in their 20's and two more, ages 7 and 5. He grew up in Williamstown, Mass., where he played in the band and became an Eagle Scout, said his father, Edward A. Straub. As an adult, all those scouting skills came in handy, particularly when he wanted to take his children camping. As they grew, he switched them to golf, playing rounds at his club in New Jersey and at St. Andrews in Scotland.
He was also good with a hammer, restoring houses that his son Aaron calls "derelict, almost" from top to bottom. Even with his hands full of vital house parts, he still managed to pull off pranks. Once he assigned Aaron, then 9 or 10, to stand next to him holding a big shovel while he balanced on a chair, splicing wires dangling from the ceiling. "If I start shaking, like I'm getting electrocuted, you have to hit me with the shovel to knock the electricity out of me," he told his son, leaving out the fact that he had shut the power off.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on February 12, 2002.