DAPHNE FERLINDA ELDER: A Loyal,
11 was Daphne Ferlinda Elder's first day back at work
after a glorious week of vacation with her sister. A
business analyst at Marsh & McLennan, at 2 World
Trade Center, Ms. Elder was expected in at 10 a.m. on
some days, 8:30 a.m. on others. That Tuesday was an early
Jimmy Elder, Daphne's father, was a few blocks north
of the twin towers when the first plane crashed. "I
thought it was an accident but then the other plane hit,"
he said. His cell phone rang, but all he heard was
static. "It had to be her."
All day Mr. Elder stayed as close to the scene as
possible, hoping for news of his daughter, 36. He went
home around 10 p.m.
The family of four children that Mr. Elder and his
wife, Josephine, raised in Upper Manhattan was always
close. One happy memory: a 1993 trip to Disney World
where they all swam, fished and picked oranges. Even
though the children were scattered across the
metropolitan area, all six got together for lunch every
Saturday. "Daphne was a loving person," Mr. Elder said.
"She called me every day to find out how I'm doing, what
did I eat, did I get some rest. That's what I really