Thursday, September 10, 2009

In Memory of Steven Harris Russin - Project 2996

"He was a child at heart.", said of Steven Harris Russin by his wife Andrea. In my mind this is one of the greatest compliments a person can have. She speaks of his sociable nature and inquisitive childlike mind, with a unique way of looking at things. During a casual stroll through a Florida art gallery she fondly recalls his questions resulting in the sales staff taking them to a special backroom and the sharing of a champagne treat, thinking they must be serious buyers to display such an interest.

Steven Harris Russin lived for 32 years. When our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, Steven was at work at Cantor Fitzgerald where he was a partner. His offices were located 20 floors above where the plane hit in the World Trade Center.

I came across an interview done through PBS which was conducted with two family members who had lost a loved one on 9/11, regarding how their loss, their grief was impacted by their faith. During the interview Steven's widow mentions a desire to have a playground made in his memory because it would be "a living monument rather than a headstone in a cemetery", a beautiful sentiment I thought.

I was able to find the announcement at the synagogue where the family attends, for the dedication for the playground, in October 2004. From everything I have been able to find out about Mr Russin, he would be delighted in this remarkable way to be remembered.

Besides going to work to provide for his young family, his last act of love for his wife was to get her a drink of water before he left for work, she being four days away from delivering twins.

Steven is survived by his wife Andrea, his son Alec (who was two at the time his father's death), his twin daughters Arielle and Olivia (born four days after the towers fell).

Our thoughts and prayers, on this 8th anniversary of 9/11 are, and should be, focused on those family members who the 2,996 left behind on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Mine will especially be with the Russin family at this time of memorial.

My sources for this article are all linked above. They include,, and

My gratitude to Dale C Roe for taking on the Project 2,996. Click here to see the full link list and read about more of our fallen. And my additional thanks to Michelle Malkin, who alerted me to this project. Thanks to you both.

"Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:4

1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful tribute. Thanks for never forgetting.


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