Michael Benjamin Packer

Hartsdale, New York


Hartsdale, New York


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Musical and Mechanical
Michael B. Packer had a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which came in very handy at his children's science fairs and birthday parties.

"When you walked into the house, you usually walked into a scientific experiment," said Ronald Soiefer, a close friend who had met Mr. Packer when they were Harvard undergraduates. One contraption had a microphone hooked up to a laptop computer, which recorded human voices and showed them as sound waves on a colored screen.

Mr. Packer, 45, of Hartsdale, N.Y., had many other sides. He played the piano and, in his spare time, made harpsichords, a trade he had learned as a student at Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard. He made sure that his children — Sarita, 11, and Jonathan, 7 — were steeped in the classics. In June, he and his wife, Rekha, took the children on a tour of the Aegean Islands, following in the footsteps of Homer's Ulysses.

Mr. Packer, who was to be the keynote speaker at a technology conference at Windows on the World on Sept. 11, joined Merrill Lynch in 1999 as a leader of a major e-commerce initiative. "He was very good at managing things," said Mrs. Packer, who remembers most vividly how he coped with the family, the house, his job and her convalescence when she suffered a brain injury in 1990. "Nothing really got him down. We really miss him for that now."

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Remembering Micheal who was uead of technology at Bankers Trust when I worked as the administer in London office. I was sorry to hear he was in windows on the world on 9/11

We are travelling from the UK. I came to pay my respects to everyone effected by what happened that day. Whilst walking aroundMicheals photo stuck out to me in the memorial. Then after we went up to the fountains the first white rose I walked up to was Micheals. Me and my wife have just found out we are having out first child and I would like to name him after Micheal. I will never forget. From UK to America God bless you all

We were distant cousins, and although I am not sure if we had ever even met, his memory is alive, and I often think of this man, whose life was cut short way too soon.

Michael was very kind to me and I remember him often and fondly; he was really somebody.

I still think of Michael often, but especially on 9/11. I believe that every life that was so lucky to be touched by Michael will never forget him or be the same. He made each of us a bit better for knowing him. He was one of those rare human beings who was not only a genius but who was kind, generous, and thoughtful. Knowing him was both a joy and an honor. He was an authentic person whose love and loyalty to his family was reflected in his every action. I first met Michael when Viacom/Simon...

I will not forget. A person that used to work with you came by the 2996 project yesterday.

In Memory with
Honor & Respect.

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