Peter Christopher Frank: On the
Verge of Marriage
were no exchanges of "I do." No cake was cut, with a
slice saved to store in the freezer for the first
anniversary. And there was no dance to the couple's
favorite song. The guests simply looked at photographs
and talked about possibilities at a banquet hall in
Caldwell, N.J., on Oct. 19.
Karen Carlucci had called a small group of friends and
relatives together to memorialize a wedding that never
Her fiancé, Peter Christopher Frank, was a vice
president and financial analyst for Fred Alger & Co.
on the 93rd floor of 1 World Trade Center.
"It was going to be our wedding day and I just
couldn't pretend that it wasn't anything," Ms. Carlucci
said of that October day. "I had to do something. I think
it was helpful, not just for me, but for everybody."
Mr. Frank and Ms. Carlucci, both 29, were looking
forward to buying an apartment in Greenwich Village,
where they had lived in a rental for two and a half years
with their 7-year-old fawn-colored boxer, Chavez.
Six-foot-two, with a slim athletic build, Mr. Frank
was the consummate team player on the athletic field and
in the boardroom, said his mother, Constance Frank. He
was dedicated to friends and family. When doctors
discovered last March that his godson, Gregory Waltman,
17, had chronic myeloid leukemia, Mr. Frank stayed by his
hospital bedside, whispering words of encouragement, Mrs.
Frank said. "Greg, you can get better," Mr. Frank said,
according to his mother. "You can get out of this bed.
Let's do it."