Walkden Flounders: Creating a Sanctuary
Every weekday, Joseph Walkden Flounders arose at 3:30
a.m. at his home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
He drove to Harrison, N.J., then took a train so he could
be at his desk by 8:30 a.m. on the 84th floor of 2 World
Trade Center, where he was a money-market broker at Euro
"The house was his sanctuary," said his wife of 21
years, Patricia. They had slaved away, renovating it ever
since they moved there three years ago from Brooklyn
Heights, after her health problems spurred him "to find a
better quality of life for both of us," she said. "We'd
been working on the house three years, and three days
before he died, we finished it."
The memorial service for Mr. Flounders, 46, was held
at Trinity Church in Manhattan, where he had worshiped,
his wife said. "The reception followed at Fraunces
Tavern, because they, too, were once bombed, and we
thought it would be appropriate to have it there, since
they suffered, as well."