Confident and Helpful
A cousin compared Jennifer Lynn Tzemis to lightning, the kind that shatters the darkness before it disappears. She was bright, quick, electrifying with her energy. She had a good job — as a vice president at Fred Alger Management on the 93rd floor of 1 World Trade Center. She was in love. And she was 26.
"She had a marvelous dimple in her right cheek, and she smiled with a chuckle that was contagious," said her mother, Nancy Doris, who dreams about her at night. "She loved chocolate ice cream, and she was learning to play golf." She had already learned to ski and to snowboard — fearlessly, the way she did everything.
She followed her father, Stamatios, and her older sister, Sophia, into the financial management business. "She didn't really know any bounds," her sister said. "She wasn't at all arrogant; she was just confident. It was hard for her to understand why other people wouldn't be confident."
Ms. Tzemis had all kinds of plans: to start a business with her father, to have a family, to help others. "She was hoping to mentor one day," her sister said, "to show other women how to do what she did."
"She was well loved, and she was a lot of fun," said her mother. "I hope she comes back again someday."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on April 14, 2002.