New York Times Portraits of Grief

Timothy J. Maude

After Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude ruptured his spleen in an accident at the Pentagon last November, doctors told him to rest for a month and forget about his duties as the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel. He didn't listen.

General Maude established Internet and phone lines, and less than 48 hours after his surgery was receiving updates and briefing personnel from the bedroom of his home in Fort Myer, Va.

"It would have been very easy for him to turn it over" to colleagues, said Col. Sean J. Byrne, the general's executive officer. But "the Army needed him," Colonel Byrne said. "They wanted his sage wisdom."

General Maude, 53, the highest-ranking officer killed in the Sept. 11 attack, was charged last year with bolstering the Army's declining recruitment numbers, and he helped coin the new recruiting slogan, "An Army of One."

But the general's legacy as one of the Army's most qualified personnel officers cannot eclipse his dedication to friends and family or his commitment to his wife, Terri. "You are never going to find a couple who were more in sync with each other," Colonel Byrne said.