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Vincent Boland Jnr
Age: 25
Occupation: Computer software designer
Worked for: Marsh & McLennan
Originally from:
Resided in: Ringwood, NJ
College: NYU '98
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Vincent Boland Jr.
Computer software designer for Marsh & McClennan on the 97th floor
Nov. 1, 2001
When Vincent Boland Jr. was 12, he started keeping the books for his father, an electrician. By 16, he was working for a credit company. During his senior year, he helped install his high school's computer system.

"He was very responsible," recalled his mother, Joyce.

Her son worked his way through a business degree at New York University and received a master's degree from Stanford. But he missed Manhattan too much to stay on the West Coast.

"New York City was his love," said Joyce Boland.

He was working at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Last week, his remains were positively identified.

What he loved about the city was its variety: theater, concerts, museums, restaurants. His mother said he took advantage of the city to its fullest.

Boland was a business analyst who designed software for Marsh & McLennan, a commercial insurance company. Family and friends described him as having a dry sense of humor and a very reserved nature. Few people knew he was a member of Mensa, the national high-IQ society.

He is survived by his parents, a 23-year-old brother and a 20-year-old sister. The family had planned a memorial service for Saturday, with prayers, hymns, shared reminiscences and a poem that his mother wrote. When notified that his remains had been found, they decided to continue with the service as planned.

"It's still going to be a memorial service," his mother said. "Only Vincent will be in the church when it happens."

--Donna Freedman (Chicago Tribune)

-- Jay Dooling ()
13 Nov 2001

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