Panel Discussion: Five Years Ago: 9/11 Survivors and Families

This event was held on September 20, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In commemoration of the 5th anniversary of 9/11 and in conjunction with the National Traveling Exhibit New York, September 11 by Magnum Photographers, this panel includes parents who all lost children on 9/1l. Adele Welty, John and Bev Titus, Pat Whalen, and Marilyn Rosenthal will reflect on the tragedy and its implications on their lives. Library Director Josie Parker will moderate.

Adele Welty, of New York, is the mother of Firefighter Timothy Welty, lost in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. She is a retired geriatric social worker, and a member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an advocacy organization founded by family members of victims of the September 11th attacks on the United States. Ms. Welty has traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Madrid, Afghanistan, and Jordan to meet with people affected by violence and war in the spirit of our common humanity, and to extend to them the same compassion that 9/11 families received from people around the world. John and Bev Titus' 28 year-old daughter Alicia was a flight attendant on UAL Flight 175. The Titus' are from Dexter, Michigan, and are also members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. Mr. Titus has worked in higher education for 20 years and Mrs. Titus is on the faculty at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Pat Whalen of Canton, Michigan lost her daugter Meredith on 9/11. Meredith worked at a private investment firm located in the North Tower of the WTC. Marilyn Rosenthal's son Josh died in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Dr. Rosenthal lives in Ann Arbor and is professor, medical sociologist and director of the Program in Health Policy Studies at UM-Dearborn. She is an Associate Director of the UM medical school's Program in Society and Medicine, coordinating the UM Forum on Health Policy since 1994.

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