Documenting the American South

Doc South header logo Home
Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina
Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina
Commemorative Landscapes banner

No attributed image.

  • Monument Name

    Victims of September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks, Duke University (Durham)

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Tragedy

    September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

  • City

    Durham

  • County

    Durham

  • Description

    The Duke Alumni Association planted six trees in memory of the six Duke University alumni who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. In addition to the grove of trees, there is a small plaque adhered to a rock which honors the deceased alumni.

  • Inscription

    THESE TREES WERE PLANTED ON / SEPTEMBER 11, 2002 IN MEMORY OF / THE DUKE GRADUATES KILLED IN THE / TERRORIST ATTACKS ONE YEAR EARLIER. / A. TODD RANCKE '81 / MICHAEL MORGAN TAYLOR '81 / JOHN ROBINSON "ROB" LENOIR '84 / PETER KEITH ORTALE '87 / CHRISTOPHER TODD PITMAN '93 / FREDERICK CHARLES RIMMELE III, M.D. '94

  • Custodian

    Duke Alumni Association

  • Dedication Date

    September 11, 2002

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.999050 , -78.937550 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "List of those killed on 9/11," Associated Press, (accessed May 20, 2014) Link

      "Memorials," Duke Alumni Association, (accessed May 20, 2014) Link

      Gillespie, Michael Allen. "In Remembrance of 9/11 Victim Peter Ortale," Duke Chronicle, September 6, 2011, (accessed May 20, 2014) Link

      Koster, Kim. "From the Brink," Duke Magazine, 2002

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Sponsors

    Duke Alumni Association

  • Subject Notes

    Peter Ortale (37 years old) worked for Euro Bankers in the World Trade Center. Christopher Pitman (30 years old) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald along with Michael Taylor (42 years old). Frederick Rimmele (32 years old) was a Family Practice Resident at Beverly and Hunt Hospitals in Beverly, Massachusetts. Mr. Rimmele perished on United Airlines Flight 175.

  • Location

    The trees are located in the Keohane Quadrangle on Duke University's campus in Durham, North Carolina.

Know anything else about this monument that isn't mentioned here? If you have additional information on this or any other monument in our collection fill out the form at the Contact Us link in the footer. Thank you.