Patricia A. Cody: En Route to
A. Cody kept busy. During the day, she was a senior vice
president and managing director at Marsh & McLennan.
At night, she was a college student again, studying for a
teaching degree at Fordham. Someday in the future, she
imagined, she would settle into a new career as an
"We were talking one day," said her husband, Thomas
Cody, "and I said, `Quite frankly, the insurance industry
is not kind to you when you become 50. Maybe you should
think of what you want to do next."
Well, she loved to read. Part of her job involved
teaching courses in insurance and management, and she
felt she had a real knack for teaching. So four years
ago, she enrolled at Fordham. She would have earned all
the credits she needed by next June.
Mrs. Cody, 46, worked at Marsh's Midtown offices but
was at a company meeting in the World Trade Center on
She and her husband lived in Brigantine, N.J., a shore
community. It made for a long commute, but she felt it
was worth it to be near the water. They moved there in
April last year, and planned to retire there.
She had a fondness for angels. She always wore an
angel pin on her shoulder. "It was her guardian angel,"
said Beth Natiello, her daughter. "As far back as I can
remember, she never left the house without it."