Alan Beaven
Alan A. Beaven, 48, of the Oakland, Calif., area, was an environmental lawyer known for working on high-profile clean-water cases. After spending several weeks at a bucolic spiritual retreat in the Catskills, he was on his way home to try one last case--a federal trial in Sacramento--before beginning a yearlong sabbatical, friends and colleagues said.
Published by Newsday on Sep. 13, 2001.
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Remembering Alan on the 20th anniversary of 9/11...
Cindy Roe
September 1, 2021
Still remembering your courage and sacrifice here in NZ all these years later Alan Beaven, Moe mai ra.
Robyn Walsh
October 27, 2020
Lighting this candle in remembrance of you as a fellow Kiwi. Moe mai ra
September 12, 2019
I am a sophomore from Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota and I have been assigned to read about Alan Beaven. As I read I saw that he has a family who loved him very much and still miss him. He seemed to have lived a very good life. He also had seemed to be a very caring and love filled life. He will be missed very much and I will be praying for him and his family
August 29, 2019
I am a sophomore from Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota and I have been assigned to read about Alan Beaven. As I read I saw that he has a family who loved him very much and still miss him. He seemed to have lived a very good life. He also have seemed to be a very caring and love filled life. He will be missed very much and I will be praying for him and his family.
August 29, 2019
Never Forgotten!
September 11, 2018
I was on holiday in the U.S.A in July and made a point of visiting the South Memorial Pool where your name is engraved, to pay my respects to a fellow Kiwi. RIP Alan Beaven.
Robyn Walsh
September 12, 2017
Randy Tetzner
September 11, 2017
Today, 09/11/2017, we remember you Alan. We will never forget. To Alan's family members .. Share Alan's personality thru you life. Wishing you all the best. With much regards.
Tom H
September 11, 2017
I walked a mile for you (mile #304) on 5/27/14 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
May 30, 2014
happy birthday in heaven on the 15th.god bless allen famiily.
bella b
October 3, 2013
You are a Light in this world to many and You are a Shining Star forever!
Terry Tucker
September 13, 2013
Remembering you in NZ
September 13, 2013
September 12, 2013
We will never forget!
September 11, 2013
Always remembering you today. I went to my fave lake and threw a flower in the water and said a prayer for you and your family... I also celebrste my birthday today... You will NEVER be forgotten... May God embrace you with his Loving arms.
Terry Tucker
September 11, 2013
To The Family,
It's just not fair when a hard working young man's life is snuffed away for no justified reason. In reading the obituary it was mentioned that Mr. Beaven was planning a year long sabbatical. When he is awaken by the Lord Jesus, Alan Beaven will have the precious opportunity of enjoying a life long sabbatical of love, true peace and security, and living forever in a world where only righteous persons will dwell. I did not know Mr. Alan Beaven, but, I am so sorry for your loss. 9/11 will never be forgotten.

Mr. Terry of NC
December 28, 2012
never forget <3
November 13, 2012
Alan, Thank you for your sublime seva to your fellow beings and to our country. Your sacrifice lives in my heart, and I remember you and your family with great love and respect. May all beings be happy, may all beings be peaceful, may all beings be liberated.
Thaddea Pojanowska
September 12, 2011
Alan, I still remember you from the Oakland Ashram and will always consider you a friend. I lit a candle for you today on my puja. Blessings on your family.
Shanti Shanti Shanti
Subhadhra Gunn
September 11, 2011
Alan, my former law partner, I will always remember you as someone who brought a smile to all present when entering a room. I feel totally privileged to have known and worked with you if only for a brief spell. May you now be bringing smiles to the angels. Un fuerte abrazo, Rafael Urquia II
Rafael Urquia
September 11, 2011
May you rest in are a true hero!
jessica brown
September 11, 2011
Norma Muniz
September 11, 2011
Thank you...hero...!!!!
Valerie Kinmon
September 10, 2011
We here in New Zealand remember and acknowledge your ultimate sacrifice Alan. May your wife, children and family be forever blessed in knowing they were loved. My family keep them in our prayers.
with much aroha (love)

Pumau ki te atua.....forever with the Lord
Robyn Walsh
June 25, 2011
Happy Birthday, Alan. 10 years ago we celebrated your last birthday in our little house in Oakland. I will never forget it, I will never forget you, and the girls will never forget all you taught them. We love you.
Rebecca Senoglu
October 16, 2010
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Christina Calakos
September 11, 2010
Joseph Arroyo
September 11, 2010
I worked with Alan years ago for a law firm in NYC. I have very fond memories of Alan.. He was a true gentleman.. I know your in a good place. May God Bless You & Your Family.. R.I.P.
Norma Muniz
September 11, 2010
As the 9th anniversary of September 11th grows near I want to remember Alan Beaven who will remain a hero forever in this life. Alan.. I will be remembering you as I take my flower to the lake in remembrance of you and it is also my birthday so I dedicate a portionof my day to you as my way of saying Thank You.. and you are missed... God Bless you and all of your family...
Terry Tucker
September 9, 2010
i love you second daddy<3
Maddie Mae
April 10, 2010
Dear Alan,
In 1977-1978 you were my Constitutional Law Professor at King's College in London. You helped me go through the roughest times of my life : my mother had just died very suddenly (of a stroke) at the age of 48 in November 1977. When I returned to London in February 1978, I thought I would never be able to overcome my grief and resume studing English law. I would sit in your office in tears and you would say : "Cry, Christine! Let the tears flow!". You invited me several times to your home for dinner and if I did not show up at King's College for a day or two you would call or drop by to be sure I was all right. One night I walked through London totally hopeless, sat in a park until I was soaked... but finally decided to go home because I realized that somebody cared - you! - and would worry if I did not show up at King's College next day. When I left London, you came to say good-bye, joking about my "good English"! We were both very moved. In June 2008 I gave a talk at Rutgers on American legal theory : it was dedicated to you. I had found out only a year or so earlier that you were in the 9/11 crash. Be it a coïncidence (or not) : I had just moved from Paris to Santa Barbara owing to my encounter with a Romanian Prince. La vie est belle, mais assurément tu as rendue la mienne encore plus belle. Merci Alan!
Christine, your (French) law student at King's College
Christine Chodkiewicz
March 3, 2010
I'll love you forever, i hate you not being here to hold me
and tell me that i'm beautiful. i wish you were here.
Sonali Beaven
October 3, 2009
I didn't know you but I know what you did. On September 11, 2001 you helped to do something most would fear. You helped bring down a hijacked aircraft taken over by terrorists. What an amazing person you are. Truly amazing. A permanent memorial is being built for you. Hope you enjoy it!! R.I.P ???
June 22, 2009
You raise me up.

Like a hero.

Forever in our hearts.
March 13, 2009
Dear Alan,

I want to thank you for our conversation. You`re just as wonderful as everybody told me. I`m so glad you`re Sara`s guardian angel and I`ll promise you to always take good care of our little princess.
November 4, 2008
I didn't know Alan Beaven personally however I am all too familiar with loss. I lost my wonderful husband Stuart Feller to suicide 11-29-2007. Even though he lived in s.fl. he was a NYC guy through and through.
Then I lost my oldest brother 07-16-08 AND my father 07-23-08.
Just know that he's in peace. My prayers and love and thoughts go out to alan's loved ones & family.
Know that he loved you. Remember the good memories. God Bless You. Barbara K. Feller
Barbara Feller
October 25, 2008
To The Family of Alan Beaven....

Today is my Birthday and every year since Alan has passed away I take a single red rose and take it to my favorite lake and toss it in and say a quiet prayer to him and to his beloved family...
Please know that when you cannot touch love.. love never leaves you... Alan loved all of you and he is touching you all with his endless love forever... he will always be with you... God Bless You ... Terry...
Terry Tucker
September 11, 2008
Eventhough I did not know him, I am sadden by the death of Alan Beaven and the many others who died in this tragic event.
Michael Vincent
September 11, 2008
To the family of Alan Beaven:
Alan gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
Thank You
September 11, 2008
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
October 15, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in all the days ahead. Love,strength and softness.....
Henriette van der Meij
September 11, 2007
Tomorrow is my birthday and I celebrate the memory and life of Alan Beaven each year since his day of heroism is 2001... Tomorrow I will bring my rose to my favorite lake and say special prayers for this man whose courage inspires me.. Alan you are always remembered not just on September 11th but every day all year through and prayers are being sent to your family too...... Your picture is framed on my desk with the message....... God's Angel...
Bless You...... Terry......
Terry Tucker
September 10, 2007
Alan on that day you had to leave,That is now forever etched in our history we never got to thank you. For the future you have given us,You will NEVER be forgoten, You are always in our thoughts.Your family is FOREVER in our thoughts and prayers .THANK YOU....
Debbie , Kenny Coffey
September 8, 2007
In remembrance....
P Tabbernor
September 1, 2007
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Beverly Wire
April 23, 2007
Alan interviewed me for King's College, London in 1979 with (Dame) Judith Mayhew. Thanks to his healthy interest in Rugby (he was a Kiwi after all) I had surprisingly little difficulty in getting in! He was a lovely man and we all miss him.
Jonathan McClure
March 29, 2007
Im sorry for what happened,he was a real hero
may God bless you guys.
Gabriel L.
March 22, 2007
Ma. de los Angeles Beaven de Malagon
March 11, 2007
From Chris Bassoo and family...I just saw the A & E movie and our hearts go out to your family (we wanted to send our prayers to every family from this flight...Our prayers and thoughts are with you...we will never forget..warmest of regards Chris Bassoo (your northern friends)
Chris Bassoo
January 8, 2007
It's been 5 years almost to the day of when I wrote my previous entry. Though many years have passed, I still wear my braclet with pride and honor. Reading Alan's biography, I know that the world lost a wonderful man that day in September. God bless all.
Katie Zirkle
December 28, 2006
God Bless the Alan Beaven family.Alan,a true American hero!Never to be forgotten.In my prayers always.
Dawn Sproules
October 26, 2006
As I stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
October 17, 2006
To the family of Alan Beaven, I would like to say that I am sorry for your loss. Based on what others have written about Alan, it would seem that this world has lost a great man and a kind and decent soul. Take care.
Jillian Dawe
September 16, 2006
It was a big gift to spend a week next to you, in spiritual discovery and discussion, before you moved on. It was a great pleasure to know you. You are a dedicated yogi. Thanks, John M.
September 11, 2006
He may have been gental in his everyday life but, I am sure he
stood for freedom on that day...
May he rest with all the hero's
known and Unknown...
Rest in sweet peace Alan...
Bob Campan
September 11, 2006
We all mourn with you for your loss. May your lives be filled with peace from this day on.
September 11, 2006
Alan is a true American Hero & will always be remembered on this day & forever by so many of us who will never forget. God Bless the Family! Denise, Deanna, Angie & Cristina
Denise Christian
September 11, 2006
thoughts & prayers from my family to yours

xoxo c.stevens
christi stevens
September 5, 2006
I met Alan while conducting an investigation into the Yosemite National Park Merced River Spill. I was a State Engineer, but Alan made me want to go into water law. I will always remember him.
Jon Risinger
August 31, 2006
May you rest in peace and may God Bless your family always. You are a Hero in my eyes and will always be remembered.It will be a day we will never forget.
June 6, 2006
my condolences, we never will forget that horrible day....god bless you..and you will all be in my heart forever....sincerly darlene bobczyk
darlene bobczyk
April 27, 2006
I was an attorney representing a defendant in one of Alan's environmental cases. When presented with the facts showing there was no basis for recovery, he dismissed the case instead of doing the usual shakedown for the costs of defending oneself. I remember him for his integrity. I admire him. We talked about sailing and I kidded him about being a kiwi and that NZ was sailing against Prada (Italy) in the Americas Cup. I often wonder if his gentle, peaceful disposition would have permitted him to charge the cockpit. No matter, he left a legacy of positively impacting people while he was alive, such as me. The rest would be frosting. I feel for his family.
Richard Driscoll
April 22, 2006
I`ve never had the chance to meet Alan and that makes me sad. But I also know, he`s our angel in the sky and he`s taking good care of us.
a friend
April 13, 2006
Everyone on this flight was, and IS my hero.
Pam Beers
January 13, 2006
It does heart pain what has happened on 11 September 2001.
Our sympathy is prayed and with you.
Freddy De Schutter
December 11, 2004
Prayers go out to Alans family and friends today.... I remember you each and every day Alan. Bought a rose for you today.... and went to the lake..... my tears flowed with your rose...... remembering your heroism and remembering you always..... Terry.........
Terry Tucker
September 11, 2004
I will always remember Alan as he was a good friend, a fellow meditater and devoted to God and his family.
I know, without a doubt, that he was truly a hero in thwarting a worse disaster by helping his fellow passengers to overcome the hijackers.
I've known Alan and Kim for several years in Oakland, CA, when I lived in the Ashram there. My thoughts and prayers to Alan's family on this day of remembering our heroes.
Subhadhra (Gunn) Colston
September 11, 2004
my thoughts and prayers are with the family ,parents ,brothers and sister always.

Hans Buitendyk
July 29, 2004
I am sitting here and thinking about Alan right now. I did not know Alan or his family but on that fateful day of September 11, 2001 I made a bond with him. There were articles in our paper and I saw his picture and he stood out as someone i would of loved to have known.. he just had a very friendly face and looked like he loved life and people.
It was also my 40th birthday that day ... this all happening on my birthday made a huge impact on me ... I wondered why I was still living and all these people died on that day.
Now every year I celebrate life... Alan has taught me this lesson and I didnt even know him.... but i feel a connection now with him..... every year on my birthday i buy a single red rose and go to my favorite lake and throw the rose in lake and say a special prayer for him and his family......
God Bless You Alan and may God continue to give your family and friends strength ... You changed my life....... Terry........
Terry Tucker
July 9, 2004
May God Keep You, Know That You and your Family are in My Prayers
Lakia Hedgepeth
January 14, 2004
I want Alan's friends and family to know that we will never forget him and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers each day, forver.

Love from Texas....
Del Newberry
October 3, 2003
I read about the loss of Alan in a book im reading called chicken soup for the soul of america. I am sorry for the loss and god bless.
clarissa F
October 1, 2003
When I found out that the father,of a girl from my old pre-school, had died, I felt sorry for the whole family. But when I read the stories and poems that her classmates wrote, I felt that she was part of my life, because when a family member dies, and people are trying to make them feel better, that shows that others care about them, and want them to be happy. I hope the family is in high hopes that things will be better soon, even if the pain won't go away.
Rebecca Corbett
September 11, 2003
May God Bless you and your family. You did so much for are world and now your gone. You are a hero.
Katie Blower
September 11, 2003
When I came into work after that fateful day, I saw Alan's name in the Sacramento Bee newspaper. I was in great doubt, I asked myself twice if was the man I met during a meeting at the Department of Real Estate. He was a tall man who came to my office with so much ambition and drive, with his easel and his expertise, he described his experience in England, he went on to describe his commitment to a clean environment in Sacramento. I was so overcome with his energy, courage and commitment. As I looked in my business card file, I found his business card, I called his office, but when they put me on hold, I hung up wondering if I had made a mistake. Later, I summed up the courage to look again. It was Alan, a great tall man with so much to give this world. He passed through our lives so quickly but left me with made a deep impression that life must be cherished, cared for, protected, and lastly, I will always remember his great courage!
One can't help but think he is a guardian angel or patron that will forever protect our freedom!

God Bless you Alan and your lovely family!
Angela Torrens
September 11, 2003
Today, two years later. America remembers you and your fellow Americans that died that day.

May you all find peace in knowing you are fondly remembered as heros to we who remain.

May you find peace.
Bob Arnold
September 11, 2003
I was fortunate to have met you while I was at King's College doing graduate work in Law in 1976-77. I admire what you did since then in your career and life - a terrific example and source of inspiration.
Michael Beninger
November 8, 2002
It was only a few days ago that I received a call from England from a friend of mine that I hadnt heard from for years. He knew that I had been living for a while in New York and also travelled around the USA on business on numerous flights. He was concerned because he had heard that a man with the last name "Beaven" had been killed on Flight 93 and was worried it was myself.

I did not know Alan Beaven but as I read these messages and his biographies the similarities between our lives are. very haunting.

My last name is Beaven. My wifes name is Kim. I have 2 children aged 8 and 6. I too have adopted the USA as my home for the last 9 years as I am from England.

Its quite possible that somewhere in the bloodline we are related as Beaven is not a common name.
Alan I am very proud of you, and also proud to have the same name as you. You and your family will forever be in our prayers. GOD BLESS NEW ZEALAND AND AMERICA.
Cliff,Kim,Elliotand Rachael Beaven
Cliff Beaven
September 25, 2002
I got to meet young John his son he gave a beautiful speech a very touching one when he was finish there wasn't a dry eye on the floor from where i was standing. that was very touching John was a brave man for doing what he did on that plane that ugly day and we will never, never forget what happend.


i got to meet young John on 9-11-02 in Sacramento on that day and gave him a hug i wish i could give him more but, the hug was all i had and the tears running down my face

Rachel Noval
September 18, 2002
I did not know Alan but have heard of his wonderful life and his herorics. I am praying for him and his family. God Bless
September 13, 2002
I want you to know the courage of your loved one and all the others on that plane will never be forgotten. I am forever in awe of their selfless act.
Diane Hendricks
September 11, 2002
Mr. Beaven ---Thank you so much for your ultimate sacrifice. I will never forget 9-11-01.
September 11, 2002
had the pleasure of meeting your son that played for the Hudson Valley Renegades and to america you are a true hero along with the other people that lost their lives on that tragic day. To John. God bless you and your family.
September 11, 2002
Brave kiwi boy living on in our hearts.
Jess SB
September 11, 2002
I`m not sure what to say except that my faith in humankind is strengthened as a result of your bravery and those who helped you to try to stop the hijackers .
Alan you are and will always be a true patriot for your own country and as a Kiwi, but as one for all races who only want peace on this fragile planet.
My deepest sympathy goes out to your loved ones who must miss you so much.

Chris Paviell
September 11, 2002
Dear family,
This was written just after Sept. 11th 2001. It shows the pride that we have for those on flight 93...Perhaps it will bring some comfort to you to know that the sacrafice of your loved one was not in vain. Their's is the true American spirt. Thank you
Ron Bettendorf

Let’s Roll
In memory of United flight 93

“Are you ready? “Let’s Roll”
Such a little phrase but now rings from sea to shining sea.

“Are you ready?” “Let’s Roll”
The battle cry of United flight 93.

“Are you ready?” “Let’s Roll”
Such little words but they say it all to me. For a thousand books could not better describe the America we now see.

For you may take our lives, our planes, our homes, your virus may take its toll,

but out of the dust and smoke, shall rise freedom and hope, we will be ready. WE WILL ROLL!

For the American sprit shown bright that day, like a flame that never dies.
You can see it in our flags we wave. And in the steel of a fire mans eyes.

You saw the American spirit, on flight 93.
For they even stopped to take a poll.
Do we fight? Affirmative!
“Are you ready?” “Let’s Roll”

Though evil took their lives that day, they stood not idly by.
They took their fate into their hands. And chose where they would die.

For this a mother holds a child. A Father comes home at night.
A building stands, which would be burned, two lovers hold each other tight.

Whether ten or fifty or thousands more, we know not who they be.
But rest assured many live tonight. Because they “Rolled”on United flight 93

For all the passengers and crew, that were aboard that fateful flight.

America now takes up your cause.

We will make injustice right.

For a mighty Nation was awoke that day, now justice is her goal.

Your sacrifice was not in vain. Are you ready America?

Let’s Roll!!
Ron Bettendorf
September 10, 2002
My son Maxwell (four years old) received your name at church this Sunday. You and your family have been in his thoughts and prayers throughout this week. May God bless and keep you all.
Susan Reeves
September 10, 2002
Thank you Alan for your act of bravery, as an American I will never forget the courage and heroism that was displayed by all the individuals on Flight 93 who saved so many of our lives on the ground.

Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. May we all learn throughout the World to love one another as God loves us.
Barbara Koller
September 10, 2002
Here in New Zealand we watched your story on a recent documentary. You showed amazing courage and strength of character on Sepetember 11. Your beautiful family show the same strength as they learn to live
without you in their lives. From the other side of the world, your birthplace, we salute your bravery and your life.

Kia Kaha - (Be Strong)
Tracy Page
September 10, 2002
September 9, 2002
As a friend of his mother-in-law I have been privileged to discover what an incredible person this man was and how much the world lost with his passing.
Much love to Kai, Kimi and Sonali.
Dee Stokes
Dee Stokes
September 9, 2002
I did not know Alan,however this tragedy bonded all of us in a way we could have never imagined. This man will have a place in our hearts always......
Heather Galloway
September 9, 2002
My heart aches for Alan's family.

He was much admired and loved.

My heart aches for the world.

He did much to save the environment.

He was a success.

He was a hero.

He was Alan.
Barbara Kennedy
September 8, 2002
alan you are a true hero and your spirit will live on forever god bless you
scott padgett
September 8, 2002
Alan was my beloved son in love, the finest man I ever knew and I weep still as I type this for such men of integrity and courage are so rare a breed. Not to mention so handsome that looking at him was a joy in itself. While he is sorely missed and will always be, his radiant beauty,far beyond just the physical,shines through his children who,like their dad, are exceptional in all ways and above all in courage and ability to love. Aloha dear Alan and mahalo for enhancing our lives for as long as you could.
miki kaipaka
September 8, 2002
Alan Beaven, thank you for your brave actions that our nations Capitol will continue. Our condolences to your family. Sincerely, The Frazier Family
Kim Frazier
September 6, 2002
Alan Beaven, a New Zealander. I didn't know you, and you didn't know me. But we share something incredible, which makes me feel like we are best friends, or brothers even.
We were both born in one of the greatest countries in the world...God zone, heaven on earth, New Zealand. I feel very proud to hear of what you did on flight 93, and the fact that you come from the small country in the south pacific that I call home.
You have made me and every single New Zealander very proud of what you did. Rest in peace.
From a fellow kiwi!
September 6, 2002
Thank You so very much Alan for being so brave and heroic. GOD BLESS YOU!
To your family...Im very sorry for your loss. You now have a very special guardian angel..
Gina Heinl
September 5, 2002
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