Alums Gregg, McCrann missing in terror attack

Elizabeth M. Gregg GRD ’77, a portfolio manager for Fred Alger Management, and Charles A. McCrann LAW ’72, a senior vice president at Marsh and McLennan, became the latest additions to the list of Yale alumni missing and presumed dead in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Representatives for Fred Alger and Marsh and McLennan confirmed the missing status of the alumni last night. Including Gregg and McCrann, the Yale Daily News has reported nine missing alumni.

A hotline employee for Marsh and McLennan explained that McCrann was not on their “safe list” and then added that she was “very sorry.” Stacey Sanders ’98, who also worked at Marsh and McLennan in the World Trade Center, is also missing and presumed dead.

No one who knew McCrann personally could be reached for this story.

Gregg, who worked on the 93rd floor of 1 World Trade Center, had no family in New York City, but her death brought her Brooklyn neighbors a shared pain. They stood watch over her townhouse and fed her two cats while praying for a miracle, said Gregg’s neighbor and co-worker Dan Chung.

“She was such a part of the community,” Chung said. “[Her neighbors] were going to protect her house against all possible invaders. In a big city like New York, there are a lot of warm people, she was one of them.”

Chung said he had worked with Gregg for eight years and remembered that she had helped him find a house.

“We had been bidding all over the city, and she said, ‘Why don’t you come out to Brooklyn?’ Chung said. From that point on, she became our second real estate broker.”

Gregg received her doctorate in medieval studies and traveled frequently to Europe. Chung recalled that many people wondered how she developed a financial background, but no one questioned her unwavering stock market strategies.

“She ran the most conservative asset style we had,” Chung said. “In a lot of the craziness of the go-go stock market, she was very disciplined about her approach.”

Gregg lived in a 150-year-old townhouse and prided herself on undertaking its historic restoration while taking delight in preserving a modern kitchen.

“She was in the process of restoring it floor-by-floor to its glorious past, except for a new kitchen,” Chung said.

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