** I participated in this project a couple years ago, sense then I think of him and his family every year. I will never forget**
**Original post, 9-11-06
Edward P Felt
November 9, 1959-September 11, 2001
On September 11, 2001 we as a nation lost thousands of our brothers and sisters in a moment that will never be forgotten.
Edward P. Felt was among those lost that day. He was a passenger on United Airlines flight 93 traveling on business. Edward was a loving husband to Sandy and father to two wonderful children, Adrienne and Kathryn.
Mr. Felt earned a bachelors degree in 1981 from Colgate University and in 1983 he earned a Masters degree from Cornell University.
At the time of his death he worked for BEA Systems and below is the press release they issued just after his death.
“The BEA family has suffered the tragic loss of two of its employees. Ed Felt, one of our first employees, best engineers, and most respected and loved colleagues, died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. Ed, a senior architect based in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, was one of the original members of the BEA Tuxedo team, and was instrumental in making that product so successful. In fact, this past August Ed was awarded a U.S. Patent for “Method of Authentication Based on Intersection of Password Sets”. He was a mentor and friend to many of us, and an inspiration to all.”
BEA later named one of their office buildings after Mr. Felt.
In the last few weeks I’ve struggled with how to truly honor a man I never knew, after a quick search on goggle and an exchange of email between Adrianne and myself, I found that Adrianne seems to have followed in her brilliant father’s footsteps. She and her sister are the perfect tribute to their father.
Adrienne is studying for her BS in Computer Science and Mathematics at University and will graduate in 2008. Instead of spending Spring Break on the beaches of Cabo or in some other tropical local, she spent spring break here Alternative Spring Break teaching english in a rural school and helping at the orphanage there.
In her free time she teaches English to Spanish speaking immigrants and general studies to Middle School age children in Charlottesville.
Adrienne is a strong intelligent young woman who I’m sure makes her father proud everyday. I expect in a few years to read another tribute telling of the accomplishments of his younger daughter Kathryn.
It’s been said, children learn what they live, Edward Felt lead by example and along with his wife Sandy raised two wonderful children. A part of him will live on in his two girls forever.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
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