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Age
25
Community
Manhattan
Company
Bloomberg LP
Where Died
World Trade Center
Peter Craig Alderman

Peter Alderman was the youngest of Stephen and Elizabeth Alderman's three children and was working at his first job after college.

"Our loss was great, but Peter's loss was greater. He lost his future," his mother said. "I can't believe it is 10 years. Sometimes you feel like it happened yesterday. You just get stuck in time."

For the parents, who now live in Pound Ridge, life is not the same.

They were in southern France on a rare two-week vacation for Stephen's 60th birthday when the 9/11 attacks occurred. Their children had visited them in a rented house during the first week, and this was their second week abroad.

Peter was working for a Bloomberg company in midtown Manhattan, but on that fateful morning, he was attending a technology conference at Windows on the World.

At first, family members held onto the hope that he had somehow survived. But they knew it wasn't good news when they got a call from Michael Bloomberg, now New York City's mayor and the founder of the company Peter worked for. He helped fly the parents home when air travel was significantly complicated, and he was very supportive, the Aldermans said.

Life has changed drastically for them. To cope with their grief, they started a foundation to help children overcome the emotional wounds of terrorism and mass violence. Their son would have approved of the humanitarian goal of building health-care trauma centers.

Elizabeth Alderman said people around her have changed, too.

"Some find it hard to talk about their children and find it hard to know what to say to us," she said. "And it is difficult because what I am concerned about and what is important to me is different."

"And our whole narrative has changed," said Stephen Alderman, who has since retired from a medical career as a radiation oncologist. "The trajectory of our lives is different."

The Peter C. Alderman Foundation has treated more than 100,000 people and has clinics in Cambodia, Uganda, Liberia and Kenya.

But what really makes the Aldermans smile is the birth of their youngest grandchild. The child, named after Peter, was born this year to their daughter, Jane Alderman Zeitz.

- Barbara Livingston Nackman
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Details
He was a 1994 graduate of Scarsdale High School. He was attending a seminar at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
Family
Parents Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman of Pound Ridge; a sister, Jane; a brother, Jeffrey; and a grandmother, Marjorie Glickman of Manhattan.
 

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