Joseph Spor 35, Somers "A sweet guy" A New York City firefighter with Rescue 3, Joseph Spor was one of the first firefighters to respond to the disaster. His wife last spoke to him the morning of the attacks, said his sister, Catherine Vandrew. "He was a sweet guy, and he has four kids," she said. Original publication: The Journal News, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001. Iona honors 15 alumni killed at WTC Hundreds attend dedication of park, marble memorial Elizabeth Ganga The Journal News NEW ROCHELLE - With bagpipes, prayer and few words, Iona College dedicated a brass and marble memorial yesterday to its 15 alumni who were killed in the attack on the World Trade Center. Hundreds of people gathered in the new park on the southwest corner of campus as the names of those who died, engraved in the memorial, were read aloud. Several family members who came for the dedication said they felt Iona had welcomed them, supported them and given them a place to reflect. Lynn McGuinn, the wife of Francis McGuinn, who earned a master's in business administration from the school in 1983 and worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, said she appreciated how the college celebrated the lives of those who died. "This is a great gift Iona has given us," she said. McGuinn's daughter Danielle, who turned 20 Thursday, is the first student to attend Iona through a scholarship fund set up for children of the alumni. At the trustee dinner in April, the school raised $700,000 for scholarships for the 26 children of the alumni lost in the attack. Some of the money, along with a gift from the class of 2002, also paid for the memorial. Yesterday's ceremony started just after 5 p.m. with a New Rochelle and New York City Fire Department honor guard and Iona's Bagpipe Band marching into the circle in front of the memorial. A prayer and bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace" - first by one bagpiper, then the whole band, then again the lone piper - was followed by remarks by New Rochelle Mayor Timothy Idoni and Brother James Liguori, president of Iona. "It will be an opportunity for us to celebrate the lives of those who were lost," Liguori said. Alex and Jessica Nuñez came to celebrate the life of Alex's niece, Joanna Vidal, who graduated in 1996. Though he was the uncle, he said they were almost the same age and grew up more like brother and sister. "She was a kind person," he said. "She was funny. She was the kind of person who could always put a smile on your face no matter what kind of day you were having." Jack Lynch, the father of Michael Lynch, who graduated from Iona in 1994 and became a New York City firefighter in 1999, said Iona's memorial was the nicest he had seen. Michael Lynch, known as the "music man" in his Throgs Neck neighborhood for his dancing and work as a disc jockey, had always wanted to be a firefighter, his father said. "Michael loved people," he said. "He liked to lift them up. He liked to make them happy." The alumni honored on the memorial are Thomas Warren Hohlweck Jr., '74 MBA, of Harrison; Joseph P. Kellett, '96, of the Bronx; Michael Lepore, '84, of Bronxville; Laura M. Longing, '94 MBA, of Pearl River; Michael F. Lynch, '94, of the Bronx; Francis N. McGuinn, '83 MBA, of Rye; Dennis P. McHugh, '90, of Sparkill; Michael Edward McHugh Jr., '95, of Tuckahoe; Robert McPadden, '99 M.S., of Pearl River; Diana J. O'Connor, '86, '89 MBA, of Eastchester; Joseph Riverso, '91, of White Plains; Edward Ryan, '81, of Scarsdale; Joseph Spor, '88, of Yorktown Heights; Sean Patrick Tallon, '96, of Yonkers; and Joanna Vidal, '96, of Yonkers. Original publication: The Journal News, Saturday, September 14, 2002.
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