New York Times Portraits of Grief


<div style="color: #000; font-size: 10px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 12px; letter-spacing: 1px; text-transform: uppercase; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">EN ROUTE TO TEACHING CAREER</div>

<div style="font-size: 26px; line-height: 26px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-top: 4px; font-weight: normal; font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">Patricia A. Cody</div>
<p>Patricia A. Cody kept busy. During the day, she was a senior vice president and managing director at Marsh &amp; McLennan. At night, she was a college student again, studying for a teaching degree at Fordham. Someday in the future, she imagined, she would settle into a new career as an English teacher.</p>
<p>&quot;We were talking one day,&quot; said her husband, Thomas Cody, &quot;and I said, `Quite frankly, the insurance industry is not kind to you when you become 50. Maybe you should think of what you want to do next.&quot;</p>
<p>Well, she loved to read. Part of her job involved teaching courses in insurance and management, and she felt she had a real knack for teaching. So four years ago, she enrolled at Fordham. She would have earned all the credits she needed by next June.</p>
<p>Mrs. Cody, 46, worked at Marsh's Midtown offices but was at a company meeting in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.</p>
<p>She and her husband lived in Brigantine, N.J., a shore community. It made for a long commute, but she felt it was worth it to be near the water. They moved there in April last year, and planned to retire there.</p>
<p>She had a fondness for angels. She always wore an angel pin on her shoulder. &quot;It was her guardian angel,&quot; said Beth Natiello, her daughter. &quot;As far back as I can remember, she never left the house without it.&quot;</p>
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