BU recalls grad
who worked at trade center
BY DOM YANCHUNAS
Press & Sun-Bulletin
VESTAL -- A Binghamton University graduate and former manager
of campus radio station WHRW-FM is among those missing in the
terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, friends and ex-colleagues
Paul J. Battaglia,
22, a 2000 graduate of BU's School of Management, was working on the
100th floor of 1 World Trade Center, the first building struck by a
jetliner, according to a statement from WHRW. Battaglia's family has
not heard from him since Tuesday's horror.
Battaglia, a native
of Brooklyn, was employed as a consultant at the risk management firm
Marsh & McLennan Cos. Friends at BU describe him as an outgoing,
brilliant, politically conservative management student dedicated to
his friends and to improving the radio station.
"Paul had a
knack for just lighting up a room -- by cracking a joke or just
smiling," said Brian Napolitano, a former WHRW disc jockey who
calls Battaglia his best friend. "I don't know how I would have
made it through my four years at Binghamton without him."
a BU management professor, said Battaglia organized barbecues for the
honors program and was eager to applaud other students' work.
always the first guy to stand up and clap. He thought we should all
clap and we should all be friends and we should all enjoy life
together," Goldberger said. "He was the kind of guy who
would raise the level of discourse and raise the spirits of a room,
just by being there and smiling."
general manager at WHRW from 1998 to 2000. Colleagues said his
dedication and competence helped the station improve its fund-raising
and computer system, and ushered in regular coverage of women's
Battaglia was a
jazz DJ on Sunday evenings and would chat with his own grandfather on
the air, said fellow deejay Gregory "The Gregger" Levine. It
was during those years that Levine announced he is gay. Levine said
the conservative Battaglia was rattled by that news but remained
Levine's true friend.
everybody's friend," said Levine, of Binghamton. "Something
special to me was that I was really Paul's first gay friend. He
definitely didn't shy away from that, and that was very supportive for
Endicott, last spoke with Battaglia Sept. 8. Napolitano, who works in
the radiation/oncology department at Lourdes Hospital, said Battaglia
had a successful career and a girlfriend and was thinking about
pursuing a master's degree.
"He and I
kidded ... that we really had done well and that both of us one day
would grow old together," Napolitano said. "I really feel
like I've lost somebody who was as close to me as anybody has ever
host a special tribute show dedicated to Battaglia on WHRW from 7 to
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