SMC grad missing in WTC attack
Suzanne Kondratenko, a Saint Mary's alumna from the class of 1996, was in the World Trade Center Towers on Tuesday morning and has yet to be located.
Kondratenko was working as a consultant for Keane and was in the city on business. At the time of the terrorist attacks, she was working on a project for the Aon Corporation. Kondratenko has been reported missing and her parents are in New York to look for her.
This news has saddened the College and devastated the Humanistic Studies Department. Professor Gail Mandell remembers her vividly.
"She was a brilliant student," Mandell said. "She was the type of student that professors never forget. She brought such vitality to the classroom."
Kondratenko was the second of three daughters to attend Saint Mary's. Her older sister Patricia graduated with the class of 1992 and her younger sister Caroline is currently a sophomore who is enrolled in Saint Mary's Rome Program for the Fall semester. Kondratenko was also an alumna of the Rome Program.
Kondratenko graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Humanistic Studies Major.
"It would be so sad to see someone with that much ability and who was so gifted needlessly destroyed," Mandell said.
All News Stories for Monday, September 17, 2001