Bradley Van Hoorn "Brad"
Occupation:Fred Alger & Company | Financial AnalystReflections:The New York Times Portraits of Grief
The Brad Hoorn Memorial Endowment FundBiography:
In 2001, Brad was 22 years old and a new graduate of Yale University. He loved books, tennis, Porsches, Macintosh computers, and his new job on Wall Street as a financial analyst. And, he loved his family.
He was a good and loyal friend, the kind of person who would show up to help you move into a new apartment when no one else did, who would give up his free time to be with you and listen when you needed him, or who would make time to entertain his young cousins with a jet ski ride for no special reason ..just to share the experience with them.
The Dean of Calhoun College at Yale, summed up Brad's character perfectly in his remarks at a memorial service in 2001. "To me,the most characteristic thing about Brad was the sense of decency he conveyed. He exuded a kind of respect for others that is rare today_ ..more common among older people, but a rather unusual quality to find so ingrained in a twenty-one year old. And what was extraordinary about Brad is that this quality seemed to arise out of a recognition by him that everyone around him deserved his consideration ... not just people older than himself, or those in authority, or his particular circle of friends, but everyone."
With the loss of Brad Hoorn, we have lost someone whose voice and actions daily (and quietly) exhibited a kind of integrity that parents can only ever dream to cultivate in their children -integrity that was a gift to everyone who ever knew him ... as well as to those who did not, but had simply shared his space for a moment or two."
Brad wasn't a saint, but he was a rare and special human being, just as all of those who died as a part of the WTC terrorist act were unique and special individuals with so much more to give.