S EP T EM BE R 11, 2001
engaged to be married.
Kohart's father also recalls his son's
passion for Carolina football. Just before
the kickoff" ofUNC's first home game
against Florida State, the nearly 60,000
fans in attendance stood quiedy in a
moment ofsilence for Ryan Kohart.
His father said, "The fact d1at they
announced my son's name, I know he was
up there, over Kenan Stadium, smiling."
Contributions to the Ryan Kohart
Memorial Scholarship Fund may be sent
to The Educational Foundation, care of
Sue Walsh, UNC, Po. Box 2446, Chapel
Hill, N.C. 27515.
Dora Menchaca ' 78 (MSPH) was a research scientist with a strong maternal instinct, caring
for her co-workers as well her husband
and two children. "She would remind all
of the men, including me, how important
it was to get prostate screenings, since she
had worked on a
trial [for a drug to
can-cer]''' Dr. David
Goodkin, vice presi-
dent of clinical
research at AIngen
Inc., told the Santa
Monica Mirror. "She
was very upbeat,
very devoted to trying to advance science,
particularly to find drugs to treat cancer."
On Sept. 10, Menchaca, an associate
director for Amgen, one of the nation's
leading biotech firms, met with U.S. Food
and Drug Administration officials. The
meeting represented one step in seeking
government approval for a new prostate
cancer drug. When the meetings ended
early, Menchaca ca]]ed home to her hus-
band, Earl Dorsey, in Santa MOluca to let
him know she'd be taking the next available flight.
"Whenever they had a product that was
close to approval, Dora would make the trip
to Washington" to meet with the FDA, said
Dorsey in a story reported by News day.
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That return trip was on American Air-
lines Flight 77 from Washington's Dulles
Airport, the plane that hit the Pentagon.
"I was watching the accounts on TV,
and I knew that Dora was on the flight,"
Dorsey said. Later that day, his fears were
The couple, who met when they were
both graduate students at UCLA, have two
children, daughter Imani, 18, who is a
freshman at the University of Portland, and
son Jaryd, 5. "Dora enjoyed being home,
working in her garden and making our
house into a home," Dorsey told Newsday.
"Dora was a very experienced and tal-
ented woman," Goodkin told the Sa1~ta
Monica Mirror. "Her job required not
only scientific smarts, but leadership, and
administrative ability. She was a people
person, very beloved by her team mem-
bers and co-workers."
More than 500 people attended a can-
dlelight vigil at Grant Elementary School,
where Menchaca's son has just begun
kindergarten, in honor of Menchaca and
the other victims of the terrorist attacks.
Christopher Quackenbush ' 79 was "a man who wore Armani suits and wore Santa suits;' his
brother, Michael Quackenbush ' 77,
recalled in an interview with The Durham
Herald-Sun . As a founding principal in
the investment banking firm of Sandler
O'Neill & Partners, with offices in the
World Trade Center, he had put his
wealth to work for others, an attribute
recalled many times by his friends and
family in the weeks since Sept. 11.
Michael recalled his brother saying:
'''I'm the luckiest guy. I have the capacity
now and the opportunity to do good
things.''' Among those good things was
his creation of dle Jacob Marley Founda-
tion; each year in its name, he took 600
children to Shea Stadium for a Mets
game. The foundation's name, from
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, set
the tone that Chris sought, Michael said:
"Marley is the one who comes back and
says to Scrooge:'You have a responsibility
to take care ofpeople.'