New York Times Portraits of Grief

Lawrence Kim

Nov. 22 would have been Lawrence Kim's 32nd birthday.

His appetite for food mirrored his appetite for life. He loved doughnuts, wine, hot dogs from New York City vendors and his sister's pancakes. But his favorite was General Tso's chicken, which he would cook for his father.

He also had an appetite for knowledge. He drank in the world around him -- teaching himself German so he could read Freud in the original. He also owned several versions of Martin Heidegger's "Being and Time" and could quote from Goethe's "Faust."

But he embraced pop culture along with philosophy. One time, his co-workers opened the door to his office to find him blasting Celine Dion and singing along at the top of his lungs. He could recite the lines from the movie "Philadelphia" after watching it two dozen times.

He was a chronic workaholic. Security guards at Time Warner 's Tampa offices were once alarmed because Mr. Kim's car had been parked in the same place for eight straight days while he had been continuously working on a project. That discipline carried over to his new job at Marsh & McLennan. Parking records show that he arrived between 7:30 and 8 a.m on Sept. 11, his second day of work.