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Three Alumni Confirmed Dead, Others Missing

The September 11 attacks on New York and Washington have taken the lives of at least three Harvard Business School alumni and others remain missing. All three alumni died as a result of American Airlines flight 11 crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Waleed Iskandar, ’93B, was a passenger on flight 11. Steve Glick, ’89H, and Andrew Kates, ’91F, were one floor apart in the building when it was hit. Glick was on the 106th floor attending a Risk Waters conference and Kates was at his desk in Cantor Fitzgerald’s 105th floor office.

The alumni office is monitoring official lists and class message boards for information on alumni who remain unaccounted for. Harbus research estimates five alumni are missing.

Waleed T. Iskandar, ’93B
As word spread that Waleed Iskandar had been on flight 11, his sectionmates used an alumni message board to share memories of his “incredible intellect” and his “positive, easy going outlook on life.” He was a Baker Scholar who made sure to enjoy his days at HBS, playing intramural basketball, waterskiing and hosting parties at his Back Bay apartment.

Steven Cahillane sat next to Iskandar during their first semester. “The first week he made me fear I was an admissions error,” Cahillane recalled. “He was doing calculus in his head. Luckily, I soon realized that he was different, that he was truly gifted.”

Timothy Wicks echoed that near awe for Iskandar’s ability to understand issues quickly. “His insights on our cases were unbelievable. Waleed would usually show up a little late, and look like he’d hardly dried off from his morning shower. The rest of us would have labored on our cases through much of the previous afternoon and night. Not Waleed! He’d usually been out waterskiing on the previous afternoon.”

Iskandar, 34, was born in Beirut and came to the United States in 1984 to attend Stanford University, where he earned degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. He joined Monitor Company in 1990 and, after earning his MBA, returned to open their Istanbul office.

Turkish student Cela Sinay, OF, remembers meeting Iskandar when she interviewed at Monitor in 1997. “He was full of joy and started asking about where I hung out on weekends and the cool restaurants and bars in Istanbul,” Sinay says. “I thought I had the job when he suggested I talk with one of his colleagues from London. That was a brutal case interview. She grilled me. I left knowing that I probably didn’t get the job, but I told my friends that I was upset because they had a cool, fun young partner that I would have loved to work for.”

Iskandar’s most recent position was that of head of Monitor’s European e-commerce practice in London, where he oversaw large-scale client e-commerce strategy development and implementation.

Iskandar was flying to California to introduce his fiancee to his family. He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Samia, of Los Angeles; his fiancee, Nicolette Cavaleros, of London; his sister, May Marconet, of Los Angeles; his brother, Sany, of Sudbury, Mass.; and six nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Monday, September 24, at 10 am in St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square.

Steven Glick, ’89H
This week, as members of the class of ’89 remember Steve Glick, they are also rallying to support his wife and classmate, Mari Lee Glick ’89B, and the couple’s two children, Colin, 6, and Courtney, 4.

Hilary Weston Joel, a member of ’89H, remembers Steve “for his extraordinary exuberance, his sense of humor, his kindness, and his love for his family — a role model for us all. Steve’s love of life was contagious.”

Sectionmate Ted Barnett remembers Steve as “a bright, happy, and caring person.”

Originally from Philadephia, Glick, 42, had joined CSFB this year to head the e-Client effort in the firm’s institutional e-commerce group, CSFBNext. He had originally joined the First Boston Corporation in 1982 after graduation from Northwestern University, trading fixed income securities for five years before attending HBS. Prior to rejoining CSFB, Glick was a senior partner at Greenwich Associates for 10 years, where he led that firm’s global Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange and Derivatives consulting practice.

A memo from John Mack, CSFB CEO, and Philip Vasan, head of CSFBNext, said, “Steve was widely respected among clients and across the industry. He said that his return to CSFB was like ‘coming home,’ and he was looking forward to spending many years here. Ever upbeat, he always had a word of encouragement for others.”

Andrew K. Kates, ’91F
Andy Kates, 37, a senior managing director at Cantor Fitzgerald, was sitting at his desk when the plane hit the building, Newsday reported. His wife, Emily Terry, was in their Manhattan apartment.

“I got a call from him,” Terry recalled. “He just said, ‘A plane hit the building. It’s on fire. I love you very much.'”

Terry, whom Kates married in 1993, said her husband “was very athletic. He was a serious bike rider and swimmer and played tennis. He ran the New York Marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes.”

Kates’s interest in business was already apparent while he was an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He and some friends started a business washing athletes’ clothes. He sold the business after he got his degree in 1985.

Terry said that family came first for Kates. “Every Saturday morning, the kids would all come into bed with us,” she said, “and we said, ‘We have a lovely family.’ We knew we had an incredible thing going.”

“He was a thoughtful husband and a doting father,” his brother Paul
said. He described Andy as charismatic, with a wide circle of friends. “Everybody he touched, everybody he met – whether it was for three days, three weeks, or three decades – was affected by him,” Paul said. “He was always the focus of whatever group he was in.”

Paul said Andy also was pretty good at “just being fun.” “He could have fun sitting in a room without any windows. The rest of us would be climbing the walls, but he would find some way to amuse himself. He’d debate a mouse on who had the better living conditions.”

Kates is survived by his wife, their three children Hannah, 5, Lucy, 3, and Henry, 1, two brothers, Seth, of Worcester, Mass., and Paul, of Hoboken, N.J., and by his mother, Judy Kates, of Wyncote, Pa. His father died in 1998.

September 17, 2001
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