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Donald Adams
Age: 28
Occupation: vice president of sales of eSpeed division
Worked for: Cantor Fitzgerald
Originally from:
Resided in: Chatham, N.J.
School: Vineland High School, '91
College: Farleigh Dickinson University, Madison

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From NY Times, Oct 19, 2001

'Gaining Entry to Happiness'

In the summer of '92 he was a bouncer, 6 feet 5 inches tall, at some long-gone beach bar on the Jersey Shore. She was cute and underage, hoping to sweet-talk her way through the door. "He was nice and let me in," Heda Adams said of the day she met her husband, Donald Adams.

Turned out that both were students at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a fraternity boy, No. 77 on the offensive line. "Yes, I was pinned," Mrs. Adams said, laughing.

Six months ago they had their first child, Rebecca, who, it is already clear, shares her father's outgoing, extroverted personality.

On summer evenings, Mrs. Adams and Rebecca would sit on the porch of their home in Chatham, N.J., waiting for Mr. Adams, a 28-year-old vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald, to walk up the road from the train station. "There's my girls," he would call out.

After dinner they would sometimes take a stroll through the neighborhood, sharing their day in the intimate short-hand of couples who are both lovers and best friends.

"I was H. He was D. Just the first letters. That's all we needed."
-- Anon ()
12 Nov 2001

A Big Man With a Big Heart
Donald Adams was a large man - 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds. "And he had a personality to match, just as large and beautiful in every way," said Heda Adams, his wife.

Adams said her 28-year-old husband charmed virtually everyone he came in contact with and was deeply respected by friends. "He would also give the shirt off his back to anyone," she said, adding that he was so gregarious that he would sometimes stop to chat with strangers.

Adams was a vice president of sales for eSpeed, the electronic trading group of Cantor Fitzgerald, the firm that lost the greatest number of workers in the attack. He was employed there for five years.

His wife said that immediately after the first airliner crashed, he telephoned her from his office on the 105th floor of Tower One.

"He said he felt an explosion and thought it was a bomb. He said there was smoke around the floor and asked me to call the police. He sounded like he didn't know what was happening but was in survival mode," she said.

The couple have a 7-month- old daughter, Rebecca, and live in Chatham, N.J.

Adams and Dennis Buckley, his colleague from Cantor Fitzgerald as well as his neighbor, would take the train into the city together. Buckley also perished in the disaster.

Apart from being devoted to his family, Adams' other significant preoccupation was golf. "He and Dennis would hit the links every weekend at 6:30 a.m. or earlier. He was obsesssed by golf," said his wife.

Adams and his wife met on the Jersey shore and came together again later when they both attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. He graduated with a degree in psychology. The couple were married for three years.

Adams leaves his parents, Robert and Jean Adams, of Vineland, N.J., and a brother, Dwight Adams, a Marine based in Arizona.

Bill Kaufman (Newsday) , November 6, 2001
-- Jay Dooling (Friend {})
17 Dec 2001

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