Ronnie Clifford managed to escape the burning World Trade Center before it crumbled to the ground. He later learned that his sister and niece were on one of the two hijacked planes that hit it, his brother said. “Tragically, my sister hit the tower building as my brother was on the ground floor,” John Clifford of Cork, Ireland, told Irish television Wednesday. Ronnie Clifford later “had a feeling” that their sister, Ruth McCourt, might have been on one of the doomed planes, John Clifford said.
Some others killed in terrorist acts Tuesday:
Barbara Olson, 45, was the wife of U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson. She was aboard American Flight 77 from Dulles International Airport when it crashed into the Pentagon. She twice called her husband as the plane was being hijacked and told him the attackers were using knifelike instruments. Barbara Olson was a chief investigator for the House Government Reform Committee in the mid-1990s. She later became a lawyer on the staff of Senate Minority Whip Don Nickles before branching out on her own as a TV commentator and private lawyer. She was a frequent critic of the Clinton administration and wrote a book about Hillary Rodham Clinton.
David Angell, 54, was executive producer of the NBC television show “Frasier.” He was flying on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles with his wife, Lynn. The Angells were returning from a weekend at their summer home in Chatham, Mass.
Daniel C. Lewin, 31, co-founder of Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, Mass., was aboard American Flight 11. Lewin was the company’s chief technology officer and a board member. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Lewin became an instant billionaire – at least on paper – in October 1999 when Akamai made its Wall Street debut.
Berry Berenson, 53, of Los Angeles was an actress and photographer who appeared in such movies as “Cat People,” “Winter Kills” and “Remember My Name.” She was the widow of actor Anthony Perkins and sister of actress Marisa Berenson. She was on American Airlines Flight 11, returning home from a Cape Cod vacation. Berenson, whose husband died in 1992, is survived by two grown sons.
Garnet “Ace” Bailey, 53, of Lynnfield, Mass., was director of pro scouting for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. He was aboard United Airlines Flight 175. Bailey was entering his 32nd season as a player or scout in the National Hockey League and his eighth in his current position. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, and son, Todd.
The Associated Press