Brown to Honor 6 Killed on Sept. 11

Brown to Honor 6 Killed on Sept. 11

 Brown to honor 6 killed on Sept. 11
DATE: 05-25-2002
PUBLICATION: Providence Journal Company
PAGE: A-03

PROVIDENCE The Delta Tau brothers looked happy enough last night as
Brown University commencement/reunion weekend got under way. Plenty
of beer and camaraderie on the porch of their former frat house.
Plenty of laughs.

But they were missing four of their brothers, who were among six
Brown alumni lost forever in the ashes of Sept. 11.

And that's why they had flown in from around the country, to honor
their friends, to comfort one another, and to plant a tree.

"We called the whole fraternity together. We felt compelled to do
something," said Dr. Russell Settipane, of Providence, chairman of
Delt Foundation, an alumni group.

"Of the six who died, four were from Delta Tau. We will be
remembering all six," he said.

Settipane and Richard Sutherland, '02, president of Delta Tau, have
organized a dedication ceremony for this morning at a newly planted
locust tree at Patriot's court of the Wriston Quad on the Brown
campus. The ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. and will include brief
eulogies. A slate plaque at the base of the tree will list the
victims' names.

The four fraternity brothers who died were Charles Margiotta, '79, a
fireman; Dave Laychak, '83, a civilian budget analyst at the
Pentagon; Ray Rocha, '95, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in the
World Trade Center; and Paul Sloan, '97, who worked for Keefe,
Bruyette & Woods, an investment banking firm at the World Trade

The two other Brown alumni who died on Sept. 11 were Donald
Greene, '71, vice president of Safe Flight Instruments, and Joanne
Weil, '84, a lawyer at Harris Beach, both at the World Trade Center.

Jon McCabe, '81, last night remembered his friends Dave Laychak ("We
always called him Wally because he always had a smile on his face,
like Wally Cleaver"), and Charles Margiotta, the firefighter.

Both had been his football teammates.
The thing that got him about Charlie's death, McCabe said, was that
he had been off duty that day when he saw the smoke. "He called his
mother," McCabe said, and told her that he was heading into
Manhattan, and "it doesn't look good." He said he was headed into the
tower and told her, "I don't want to be unaccounted for."

And that was the last they heard of him.
 Karen Lee Ziner