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Cantor Fitzgerald
head of global sales for the eSpeed division
Where Died
North Tower, World Trade Center

Virginia Bauer says she's "enormously proud" of her three children, now in their 20s, who lost their father in the Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago.

Both her sons, David and Stephen, graduated from Georgetown University, where they played lacrosse.

David is now an investment banker working for Goldman Sachs in London. Stephen is in law school at Seton Hall University and lives in Newark.

Her daughter, Jackie, is finishing up her studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

"I know they miss their father terribly," she said. "They've missed his being involved in their lives. We had this wonderful family life ripped away from us."

"It's something you never quite accept," Bauer added. "It's always a major hole and gap in your life."

Ginny Bauer always was a doer in her life before 9/11, but when David died, she felt a compulsion to take on positions where she could have a voice.

"I felt this real urgency," she said. "I really felt very strongly I didn't want to be portrayed as a victim."

Currently a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, she is a member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Board and the chief executive of GTBM Inc., a security technology company.

She is a former state secretary of commerce, state lottery director and senior vice president of development for Covenant House.

With all of her work, though, she said the most meaningful was to lobby for passage of a federal tax amnesty bill for the 9/11 victims and the creation of victim compensation funds.

"I'm sure it was constructive therapy to be active, to do something," Bauer said. "I was concerned about protecting my children and making sure financially we were stable. But I also felt an urgency to help others not capable to do the things I could do."

"I felt it was the best tribute to my husband -- to be strong," she said. "I didn't want to be pitied. I wanted to take the opportunity to do something."

- Nancy Shields

David Bauer enjoyed wines and developed an in-depth and sophisticated wine collection. He was a history buff and before he died, he completed a marathon.
Widow: Virginia Bauer, married federal bankruptcy Judge Donald Steckroth in 2007. Moved from Rumson to Red Bank. Children: David, Stephen, Jackie.

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