Harvard Business School Bulletin
Here's a collection of memorials contributed by members of Waleed's HBS community.
* Sure am sorry it takes a tragedy like this for me to be posting a note on our alumni
Message Board. I am sure many of you Received Charlene's note about the loss of
Waleed. Once past the shock, the memories I had of Waleed at B-school surfaced
Did you know:
He threw some great roof top gatherings in Back Bay
He was an incredible water skier
He tried to teach me and I only face planted into the water several times
He had an incredible positive, easy going outlook on life
The memories were instantly positive. Hey Section B (and anyone else who knew
Waleed), please take five minutes and share with us your memories so we can share them
with his family.
Waleed, you will be missed by all of us.
Joel David Anderson
* We are stunned by the recent events - especially when they hit so close to home. Our
prayers have been with HBS classmates potentially affected since I first saw those
buildings burning on Tuesday morning. Our response has been prayer. Prayer for God's
comfort; prayer for God's peace; prayer for the assurance that God is in control - that
even though these acts were meant for evil, that God will use them for good. Already I
see my family, my neighborhood, my classmates, my countrymen, and even the entire
free world pull closer together and seek deeper meaning in their lives because of this
seemingly senseless tragedy.
I will miss Waleed. I'll miss his strength, his intelligence, his easy-going smile. As part of
his early morning study group in our first year, I was always amazed at his insights on
cases which were so different from mine, but right on the money. We could not have
come from more different circumstances, but we struck up a fast friendship, based on
mutual respect and admiration. Why, he even introduced me to the Simpsons, a fine
tradition that I have now passed on to my sons. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
My heart is still heavy awaiting other bad news concerning other classmates who may
have been in those buildings in New York or Washington.
Thank you Charlene and Jack for keeping us connected in both good times and bad.
Please keep up the good work of connecting us together in the time of great need. We'll
continue to pray here in Minnesota.
* As I re-read Joel's post, I was reminded of one of my finest moments. Remember the
roof top party with no railing when my then 2-year-old son Garrett made a dash for the
edge. I am sure some of you still recall the diving catch that kept him from going over the
edge. Waleed's place was more of a bachelor pad than a family rec center.
The Berkley's will never forget those rooftop parties in the Back Bay.
For your info, Garrett is now 11 and is still in the business of death-defying stunts. He is
"extreme" in many ways including football and skateboarding on the 6-foot high half-
pipe I built in our backyard this summer.
(In case you are wondering, our oldest son Blaine is now 16! Beware as you drive the
streets of Minneapolis.)
* I'm still somewhere between shock and denial about the whole tragedy. I live in
Arlington, VA, two miles from the Pentagon and remember looking at it as I drove to
National Airport for a very early morning flight to Boston on Tuesday.
I knew that the attacks in the financial district would likely take some of my friends and
the attacks on the Pentagon might take my neighbors. Waleed was not one that I expected
and his loss saddens me greatly. I too remember the parties on his rooftop and in
particular remember his kindness in loaning me a sweatshirt at the first section event as I
(a veteran of many hot DC summers) was unprepared for winter starting in December in
Boston. He was a vibrant part of our section and I'm comforted by the good memories I
have. I hope you all are too.
Once the attacks started I immediately sent my wife Rachel out of the city with our new
five-month old daughter, Lane Burnett McDonnell. We're fine and returned to our house
last night. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts.
* Gigi and I grieve with all those who knew Waleed, especially his family and his
fiancee. He was a wonderful guy. It's hard to believe that he is gone, so quickly and under
such utterly despicable circumstances. Waleed, you will be missed. Our prayers are with
you and those you have been taken from.
Daniel Frederick Muth
* Memories of Waleed are very vivid, he was impossible to forget:
First year I sat next to him, and the first week he made me really fear I was an
admissions error. He was doing calculus in his head. Luckily, I soon realized that he was
different, that he was truly gifted with an incredible intellect.
We were on the "B" team intramural basketball team together. How did a guy not from
the US become so good? Always slashing to the basket, he was an exciting and intense
Of course the parties in the Back Bay, opening his spectacular home to all of us. He
was friendly, funny and easy to be friends with.
We'll all miss him, he was one of the really, really good guys.
Steven Anthony Cahillane
* My two best memories are Waleed's BackBay rooftop (was impressed someone could
afford to live off campus!) and the end of a first-semester exam, when he seemingly
printed off pages and pages and pages of spreadsheets and written analysis, and I thought
"oh crap" as I printed and gathered my relatively meager and humble offering to the gods
Mostly, I remember him smiling a lot...the best way to remember anyone.
Hope you're all okay,
Mickey (G.P. Michael Freeman)
* I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear such terrible news about Waleed. He was so
friendly and easygoing that his friendships extended far beyond his section mates.
Speaking for myself and so many others from Section E, we will miss him a great deal.
My prayers are with his family and his fiancée. I'll remember him fondly.
Christina Heenan Suh
* whilst being from Section A, my friendship with Waleed was rekindled in Istanbul,
where he was heading the Monitor office over there. He was one of the factors in my
decision to take an assignment with Coca-Cola over there. I will miss his incredible
integrity. His Turkish girlfriend died of Leukemia and I attended the burial. He had
relocated to Houston to be with her as she was undergoing treatment...
He was among the best of the best.
* I had been out of town for several days, and when checking voicemail, I learned that
Waleed had passed away.
Along with Todd Berkeley, I was in a first year study group with Waleed. My first
thoughts of his passing were of what a great guy he was, and how I'll miss him. As Todd
mentioned, 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, and then spent
what we all thought was relatively little time on the cases compared to the rest of us.
I learned a lot from Waleed, both personally and professionally, and will always
appreciate his appetite for enjoying life wherever he was.
I'll miss you, Waleed.
Timothy Alan Wicks