Project 2,996: A Personal Reminiscence Of 911

2009 September 11
by MFG










David Alger was one of the approachable ones. An accomplished Wall Street money manager with an enviable track record, David lost his life in the barbaric attacks on the World Trade Center eight years ago this very morning.

I am a registered representative (the technical name for a stockbroker) by profession, and David often came to speak to us at our company meetings.

We held these meetings on a fairly regular basis, and different portfolio managers would come to speak to us. I was always very surprised that someone as successful as David would fly to New Orleans to talk to average representatives like us.

I was also tremendously impressed that after meetings I could walk right up to him and ask him virtually any question about investing. He would answer with a depth of knowledge and enthusiasm that always deeply impressed me.

I didn’t place a lot of my clients’ money with his firm as he tended to invest very aggressively, but I respected his expertise and listened carefully when he gave us his investment advice.

Many portfolio managers at these meetings are unapproachable. They will give a fifteen minute speech, take no questions and then get out of the building as quickly as possible.

Not David.

He loved his job and he never felt that representatives were beneath him or unworthy of his time.

He had relatives in New Orleans and told us how much he loved this city. His funds compiled tremendously impressive track records and he helped many investors reach their financial goals.

He had integrity.

He lived integrity.

He was taken away at the age of 57, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.

A reminder to all of us that our very lives are but a brief puff of smoke in the wind.

Goodbye, David.

God bless you David.

I would have liked to have had a chance to say goodbye.

May you rest in peace forever.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 September 11 5:11 pm
    mpthompson permalink

    MFG, wonderful that you could share personal memories of David.

  2. 2009 September 11 5:26 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    He’s not sleeping in a box, MFG. You’ll see him again one day, I believe.

  3. 2009 September 11 5:30 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Thank you for sharing this with us, MFG. I know it couldn’t have been easy to write.

  4. 2009 September 11 6:08 pm
    justrand permalink

    thank you, MFG, for this most personal of remembrances on this Day of Remembrance!!

    we only did a handful of them, but I feel I know each one now, and am truly sorry I never had the chance to really know them while they still walked among us.

  5. 2009 September 11 6:15 pm
    INC permalink

    Thanks, MFG, for telling us about him. Having a personal story at the end of the day is very fitting.

  6. 2009 September 14 5:52 pm

    He sounds like the kind of man this country needs more of working “in the business”.

    Thanks for writing about him.

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