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University of Saint Joseph Remembers 9/11

9/11 ceremony at USJ. Photo courtesy of University of Saint Joseph

The University of Saint Joseph held a ceremony in West Hartford to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.


On Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) held a ceremony of remembrance for those lost in the 9/11 attacks. USJ has a special connection to Keefe, Bruyette, and Woods (KBW), an investment bank that lost 67 employees in the World Trade Center attack.

The founder of KBW, Gene Bruyette, and his wife, Kathleen Barry Bruyette (Saint Joseph College Class of 1949) and daughter Michelle Bruyette Melander (Saint Joseph College of 1981) have been generous benefactors of USJ and have donated funds for a number of facilities on campus.

Former KBW employees involved with USJ are currently raising funds to create an endowment to maintain the Bruyette-funded/named facilities on campus and are equally engaged in supporting the families of September 11 victims.

“Although a 9/11 ceremony must acknowledge the sadness and losses of that day, as well as the bravery of so many first responders, our remembrance at USJ sought to remind people about the empathy and sense of unity that rose in the aftermath of the event,” stated Rhona C. Free, Ph.D., President of University of Saint Joseph. “We want the USJ community to pay tribute to those lost on 9/11 by recreating that spirit of togetherness and compassion through good deeds, big or small, kindnesses, and service.”

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