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WNEU to Honor Alumnus and World Trade Center Victim James Geyer on Friday

SPRINGFIELD  — Western New England University College of Business will honor 1982 alumnus James “Jimmy” Geyer on Friday, Sept. 10. A brief ceremony of remembrance will be held at noon in front of Churchill Hall, which houses the College of Business.

Geyer, who worked as a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed 20 years ago in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. He was on the 105th floor when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the building. Geyer was a general business major and native of Rockville Centre, N.Y.

According to College of Business Dean Sharianne Walker, he was known as an outstanding business student and campus leader who was committed to always helping others and asking for nothing in return.

“It is important for us to take a moment at this 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack to remember Jimmy as one of our own,” Walker said. “It is important that all of us carry on his legacy of service and honor the promise that we will never forget the lives of those lost and those families that were devastated on that September morning.”

Geyer excelled in finance, and as an alumnus, he continued to stay connected as a mentor to College of Business students. He played football for the Golden Bears for four years and was a member of the college’s first NCAA Division III program in 1981. His number, 22, was officially retired at the Oct. 13, 2001 football game. He was a member of the Golden Bear lacrosse team and also had a passion for golf.

Geyer was featured in an NCAA News article about former college athletes lost in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Geyer was 41 years old when he died. He left behind his wife, Cathy, and three children, as well as his parents, two brothers, and a sister. The Jimmy Geyer Award for Courage is bestowed annually to a deserving member of the football team.

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