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Last modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2002

Biographies: Three IU students' parents who helped inspire scholarships

EDITORS: What follows are biographies for three Indiana University students' parents who died on Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center. Their children determined the criteria for new 9-11 Scholarships, based on qualities found in their parents. These biographies are based on information provided by the families and other sources.

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Jeffrey G. Goldflam

Jeffrey G. Goldflam leaves behind his wife, Risa, and two children, including IU student Joshua Goldflam.

Jeffrey Goldflam graduated from Valley Stream South High School, Valley Stream, N.Y., in 1971, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and a track and soccer star. Goldflam attended the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he graduated cum laude in 1975 from its School of Management with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance.

At the time of his death, Goldflam was managing director and chief financial officer of eSpeed Inc., the electronic bond trading arm of Cantor Fitzgerald. His responsibilities included managing eSpeed's global financial and accounting operations from the companies' headquarters in New York.

During his career, Goldflam worked at the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell and Co. as a senior accountant. He was a senior financial analyst at the investment banking firm of Goldman, Sachs and Co. From January 1979 until August 1989, he was a senior vice president and treasurer of Thomson, McKinnon and Co., where he was a member of the board of directors.

Before coming to Cantor Fitzgerald and eSpeed, Goldflam served as the chief financial officer for Fimat USA Inc. (formerly Brody, White and Co.), which is a subsidiary of the French financial services firm Societe Generale.

Goldflam's licenses and professional affiliations include the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Steven Jacobson

Steven Jacobson leaves behind his wife, Deborah, two daughters, Rachel and Miriam, and a sister, Janice, and his mother, Selma.

The most important thing to Jacobson was his family. Even though he never went to college, he had a prestigious job at WPIX. He was a broadcast engineer and worked on the 110th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

As well as working hard, Jacobson was dedicated to his synagogue, Town and Village in New York, N.Y. He did not initially intend to become involved in the synagogue. As he once put it with the dry humor he had, he just wanted to "sit in the back, shut up and listen." However, his attitude changed as he was initiated to open the synagogue every morning after working WPIX's night shift. This became his routine for the past year.

His interest in broadcasting extended past his job. Jacobson was an avid ham radio operator known for his patience as he spoke to people around the world.

William David Moskal

William David Moskal leaves behind his wife, Lorraine, a son, Andy, and a daughter, Jessica.

A native of Johnstown, Pa., Moskal graduated with a safety engineering degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and earned a law degree from the University of Akron in 1988.

At the time of his death, he was attending a meeting at the headquarters of his employer, Marsh & McLennan USA Inc., on the 100th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He had been with the firm for 12 years and was vice president in risk consulting for the Cleveland, Ohio, office.

He was active in youth sports. Moskal served as a Little League coach for many years and was part of several championship teams. He also was a Pee Wee Football coach who helped direct his team to a division championship, and was a recreational league basketball coach for middle school boys.

Moskal was a devoted sports fan -- he was a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan -- and was an avid fisherman and tennis player. His other hobbies included music and gardening. In addition to his children, he also doted over the family's two boxer dogs, Mike and Zelda.