WINTON-David H. 29, of Brooklyn Heights, NY, and Wethersfield, CT, died September 11, 2001 at The World Trade Center. David was the beloved son of Joan Wise Winton and the late Peter A. Winton, adored brother of Sara Elizabeth Winton and fiance of Amy Elizabeth Lane, of Manhattan. He was born in Hartford and grew up in Wethersfield. Dave graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1990, where he was an honor student, member of The Student Council, President of the Ski Club and Captain of the baseball and soccer teams. He graduated from Fordham University, College of Business Administration, Bronx, NY, in 1994. While at Fordham he was an honor student, member of The Globe Program, studied at University College, London, and was Chief Executive Officer of the student-run Fordham Federal Credit Union. At graduation he received the CBA Alumni Association Award. Dave was employed by Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, where he was Vice President and Equity Research Analyst. He was a Chartered Financial Analyst, and member of The New York Society of Security Analysts. Amy and Dave planned to be married on November 17, 2001. Dave leaves many relatives and a host of cherished friends across the country. He was a loyal friend with a quick wit and a helping hand whenever needed. A Memorial Mass to celebrate his life will be offered on Saturday, October 20, 2001, at noon in Corpus Christi Church, 601 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The David H. Winton Memorial Scholarship Fund, Fordham University Office of Development and University Relations, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023-7484.
And so went the paid obituary published October 18, 2001, more than one month after his death and just one month before his planned wedding. So sums up the life of a man who was loved...and innocent man who went to work one day and never returned. A man who others relied upon. A man of importance.
"Dave and I were in "Indian Guides" together, a sort of precursor to the Boy Scouts. I remember Dave as being a quiet person who always carried himself with a certain unassuming nobility. He was a person of principle and impeccable moral character. The world has lost a wonderful man. My heart goes out to his mother and sister." - Mark A. Boyle, childhood friend
The Staunch Provider:
For many people, investment banking is just a job where you can make good money. For David Winton, banking was a practically a calling.
As an undergraduate at Fordham University's business school, Mr. Winton was the chief executive of the student-run federal credit union. He recruited his roommate Gregory Moundas to be president, and, volunteering 30 hours a week, the two of them turned around a troubled institution and doubled its assets in two years, Mr. Moundas said. Even as Mr. Winton rose to vice president at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, where he was a research analyst, he made frequent trips back to Fordham to be on the student bank's supervisory committee. "His father died when he was in high school and he wanted to provide for his mom and his sister," Mr. Moundas said. "He never really talked about it, but that was one of the things that really motivated him."
Mr. Winton, 29, inherited some of his head for finance from his mother, a retired bank officer. But Mr. Moundas said a lot of his friend's ardor for banking grew out of a protective love for his family.
On weekends, Mr. Winton frequently made the two-hour trip from Brooklyn Heights to his mother's house near Hartford, usually taking along his fiancée (they were to be married Nov. 17).
"After we lost his father, he said, 'I'll never leave you, Mom,' " Joan Winton said. "He never did.”
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 29, 2001:
On September 11, 2001, Fordham lost one of its most promising alumni. David H. Winton (CBA ’94) was a bank analyst for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in the World Trade Center and died in the attacks. His mother, Joan Winton, immediately endowed the David H. Winton CBA ’94 Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
In January, Mrs. Winton added to her son’s legacy with a financial gift to create the David H. Winton Fellowship Program. Each Winton Fellow will work with a Fordham professor to prepare research for publication and to network with professionals in his or her field of study.
“Although he graduated in 1994, Dave never left Fordham,” said Mrs. Winton. “He was always available to serve the University in any way possible.”
At his graduation, Winton received the CBA Alumni Association Award as the senior “whose overall record … exemplifies the best in the college … a model of what students should strive to be.” He was a member of the Globe International Business program and chief executive officer of the student-run Fordham Federal Credit Union, which doubled its assets under his management.
“[Dave] took on major responsibilities at the credit union and led the team that restored it to a healthy financial condition, while still maintaining his academic obligations,” said Sharon P. Smith, Ph.D., dean of the Fordham
Schools of Business. “In everything Dave did, he brought enormous dedication, the highest standards of integrity and a wonderful sense of humor.”
Dave’s death left a void in this world, not only for his family and friends, but for all of us. He was a bright, shining star who contributed to the health of this country with his intelligence, his standards, his dedication and his love for others. We will not forget, Dave, we will not forget.
"The plane was coming right at me," David Winton told his mother from his cell phone minutes after the second hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center tower where he worked. Winton, 33 [sic], who was to be married in November, was a bank analyst for the firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and had a window office on the 89th floor in the south tower, within the series of floors the plane plowed through. He had already called his mother several times earlier
Tuesday to tell her he was OK after the first plane hit the north tower and that he had witnessed the grisly scene of people falling from the building. "I asked him: `Is it foggy?' And he said, `No, it's clear as a bell. This is no accident,'" said his mother, Joan Winton of Rocky Hill, Conn. Winton, who lives in Brooklyn, also had called his fiance and then was on the phone with his sister when the second plane was seen headed for his building. About 10 minutes after the plane hit his tower--just missing his side of the building--he called his mother again. "He said, `Mom, I'm OK. I'm trying to find a way out,' " Joan Winton recalled. "It was 52 minutes until the building collapsed," she said. "We hoped that would be enough time for him to get down."