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October 26, 2001

MHC's Own Lost in Attack on World Trade Center

Like many others, the Mount Holyoke community was forever altered by the events of September 11. Among the tolls of the terrorist attacks were the loss of an alumna and the husband of an alumna. Missing since the attack are Elizabeth M. Gregg '71, a portfolio manager at Fred Alger Management whose office was on the ninety-third floor of One World Trade Center, and firefighter Kevin Bracken, husband of Jennifer Liang '90, who died with his company in the collapse of the first tower. The College will acknowledge the passing of Bracken and Gregg during religious services this Sunday, and there will be a floral arrangement in Abbey Chapel in their memory. The College bells will toll Sunday, October 28, at noon in their honor.

Says President Joanne V. Creighton, "All of us at the College feel deep sorrow at the news of the death in the World Trade Center disaster of Elizabeth Gregg and of Kevin Bracken. Our hearts go out to their families and friends at this painful and difficult time. We also share the grief of other members of our community who have lost colleagues, friends, and relatives, and whose lives have been radically disrupted."

Elizabeth M. Gregg '71
Elizabeth M. Gregg, known as Lisa to her friends and family, was a history major whose Mount Holyoke roots ran deep. When she chose to attend MHC, she followed in the footsteps of her mother, Luvia Taylor Gregg '37; her aunt, Margaretta Taylor McGehee '43; and her cousin, Luvia McGehee Sniffen '69. Gregg continued her education at Yale University, where she focused on defense spending in fifteenth-century France and earned a Ph.D. in medieval studies in 1977. Four years later, she received an M.B.A. from New York University.

Gregg worked for Fred Alger for eighteen years, and in a Yale Daily News article of October 1, the company's chief investment officer, Dan Chung, commented on her dedication to her profession. "In all the craziness of the go-go stock market, she was very disciplined in her approach," Chung said. "She never wavered in trying to understand who her clients were."

Although she worked in the field of finance, Gregg pursued her interest in history through frequent visits to France and the restoration of her 150-year-old brownstone in Brooklyn. Her other interests included her cats, her friends, and a backyard garden that featured not only fruits and vegetables, but a grape arbor. "She always tried to beat the birds to the grapes," said Melissa Gallagher '71, Gregg's friend since their first week together at MHC. "She would always give her pies and preserves to people in the community."

Gregg also contributed to her Brooklyn community through her involvement in local politics. When Mayor Rudolph Giuliani tried to get Gregg's City Council member to retire, Gregg formed a neighborhood coalition to support the council member. "She was one of those people who had no idea what she meant to other people," Gallagher said.

Of her friend, Gallagher recalled, "Lisa was shy but warm, politically liberal--which exasperated her rather conservative coworkers--hardworking and very modest, rarely mentioning her accomplishments. It's hard for me to know what's important or interesting for others to know about Lisa, because she was so multidimensional and we played such long and inclusive parts in each other's lives. Basically, she fit the definition of a wonderful friend--supportive when crises happened; cautioning when she felt that would be helpful; delighting in life's fortunate turns; and always available for a long, wide-ranging conversation about anything."

Kevin Bracken
Firefighter Kevin Bracken not only was married to Jennifer Liang '90, but also was a close friend to his wife's MHC circle, made up of Kerry-Lynn Razzore Katz '90, Lizabeth Paley Kingsley '90, Nicola Jobson Hadziosmanovic '90, Arianne Duddy Massey '90, and Jennifer Mora Lamia '89. The women are as close now as they were at graduation, says Katz, who describes Bracken as "not only Jen's husband, but a friend to all of us, a close-knit group of five MHC women and their spouses who all get along famously."

"Jen met Kevin right around the time I met my husband, shortly after Jen and I both moved into New York City," Katz writes. "So, I have known Kevin for eleven years and loved him instantly. He was certainly the clown in the group, the one with the first witty comment and the first one down on the floor with the kids. Prior to becoming a firefighter, Kevin worked in construction, so it is safe to say that he banged more than his fair share of nails into all of our homes. Jen and Kevin's relationship was wonderful, and they truly were each other's best friend."

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