New York Times Portraits of Grief

Barbara Habib

Barbara Habib was a senior vice president in the aviation division of Marsh Inc. who worked in Midtown. Known for her steadiness and dedication, she had worked for the company for 30 years, and was visiting the World Trade Center for a meeting on Sept. 11. She was planning to slow down in her work, said her husband, Raymond: "She was going to enjoy the quietness of Bay Ridge, walking along the shore. She loved to walk."

Mrs. Habib would have turned 50 yesterday, and the couple had planned a weekend trip to Boston to spend time in the North End, enjoying Italian food, the kind she liked to cook. She also missed the chance to enjoy the house in Brooklyn they had recently bought and renovated -- they moved in during August, but the new furniture did not arrive until the week after her death.

She took care of her aging parents before they died, and was a source of strength for her two brothers. "She put others ahead of herself," he said. "That was Barbara. That was my wife."