Bruce Eagleson: Attention to
Bruce Eagleson would say he would make dinner, his sons
-- they're 15, 19 and 22 now -- would groan and say, "Now
we'll never eat -- it'll take hours!" It was probably
worth the wait, though, because Mr. Eagleson was a
perfectionist -- whether at home or at work, he had to
get every detail just right.
Do not think he lacked a sense of humor, though. On
the contrary, he was famous for his practical jokes --
with telephone impersonation being a pet trick -- said
his wife, Gail. If, say, he overheard his sister-in-law
mention a person causing her trouble in some union
negotiation, he would call and pretend to be that person,
just to mix things up a bit.
Mr. Eagleson, 53, hoped to retire within seven years.
He loved golfing and fishing in New Hampshire, and hoped
to spend more time there.
A vice president at the Westfield Group, of Los
Angeles, Mr. Eagleson, who lived in Connecticut, was at a
meeting on the 17th floor of 2 World Trade Center
discussing Westfield's plans to run the trade center's
retail operations. His oldest son called him after the
first plane hit and urged him to leave. Mr. Eagleson said
he was evacuating people, but promised to get out.