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20 years later, remembering September 11

September 8, 2021
Three midshipmen in uniform stand on the Eastman Quad in the rain. The one in the center holds an American flag.Naval ROTC midshipmen Jake Kolmetz (of SUNY Brockport), Claire Aikens ’22, and Samantha Ellrich ’25 stand vigil in heavy rain. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Naval, Air Force, and Army ROTC units stood vigil at the Meridian on the University of Rochester’s Eastman Quad to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Among the nearly 3,000 people who died during the attacks were six University of Rochester alumni: Jeremy Glick ’93; Jean Hoadley Peterson ’69N; Jeffrey Smith ’87, ’88S (MBA); Zhe (Zack) Zeng ’95, ’98S (MBA); Aram Iskenderian ’82; and Brendan Dolan ’86.

In 2019, Ellen Bakalian, the widow of Jeffrey Smith, wrote “Everything My Husband Wasn’t There For,” an essay for The Atlantic, which was reprinted with permission in the summer 2021 issue of Rochester Review.

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