WILLIAM CASPAR: Steeped in Hard
Kansas farm boy" Ð that is how people describe
William Caspar, even though he was a data processing
specialist for Marsh & McLennan who could create
highly detailed electronic forms.
But every summer, Mr. Caspar would return to the
Kansas farm that has been in his family for five
generations so he could help with the wheat harvest.
At Marsh & McLennan, Mr. Caspar, 57, would often
work long hours, a habit he picked up on the farm. "You
start work when the sun comes up, and you go to sleep
when the sun goes down," Tony Alaimo, a colleague, quoted
Mr. Caspar as saying. "That's how we were raised."
Mr. Caspar, who had been divorced for many years,
spent holidays with his sister's family in Scituate,
Mass. "He was a good role model to have around my
children," said the sister, Margaret Richardson. For
years, Mr. Caspar worked out of a Princeton, N.J., office
with a small group of people who often socialized
together on weekends and grew very close. They were
transferred to the World Trade Center in February.