Monday, September 11, 2006

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.

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.

"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."

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.

From the Wall of Americans:

"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."


Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

A wonderful tribute Jan.

5:46 PM, September 11, 2006  
Blogger bernie said...

Touching tribute. So many wonderful Americans we didn't know before, thak you.

I linked your tribute at 2996 tribute to victims of 9/11 - Terrence E Adderley

12:24 AM, September 12, 2006  
Blogger Cathy said...

Jan, Thank you for taking the time to honor David Winton--to have been so young and accomplished so much already. How sad for his loved ones and those of us that never knew him. We will never know what his full potential was.

My apologies for getting here so late, but I have not even put a dent in the list of names at 2996 and I don't want to rush- I really want to try and remember these men, women and children that were taken from us.

Thank you also for coming by and visiting my tribute.

I remember Marion Britton.


6:11 PM, September 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These "hijackers" somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

5:38 PM, November 06, 2006  

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