WENDY FAULKNER: A Legacy of
up as the daughter of missionaries in Japan and the West
Indies, Wendy Faulkner always knew what it meant to be
poor. Even after she became a successful businesswoman
and settled in Mason, Ohio, she would regularly pack up
boxes of clothing and send them to orphans and poor
children whose names had passed on to her by her
"She spent thousands of dollars, but no one even knew
she did it," said her husband of 21 years, Lynn Faulkner.
"I know she put at least one kid all the way through
In fact, some of her friends did not even know she was
a vice president at Aon, with people working for her in
several countries, because she rarely talked about it.
Several thought she was a stay-at-home mom because she
spent so much time with her two daughters, her husband
Yet she often traveled to New York and other cities,
and on Sept. 11 she was attending a one-day meeting at
Aon's offices in the World Trade Center.
To continue her legacy of helping children in the
third world, her family has established a nonprofit
group, the Wendy Faulkner Memorial Children's