Lehrfeld Eric

Eric Lehrfeld Memorial Page

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LEHRFELD, ERIC ANDREW 2001-10-17

Eric Andrew Lehrfeld was Director of Business Development at Random Walk Computing, Inc. He perished at Windows on the World in the attack on America. He was attending a technology conference with an assistant; he did not work in the building. Unfortunately, according to his family, he got an early start to prepare for a large influx of people expected by mid-morning. He usually left later so that he could walk his dog and have breakfast with his wife, Hayley, and month old daughter, Laura. According to his father, "when the family learned that afternoon that Eric had called his office from the top of the tower shortly after the crash, confirming that was where he was that morning, I knew there was no hope. With so many people in need of assistance everywhere he looked, Eric would have been among the last ones. He never had a chance." Eric was born in 1969 in Queens, and moved to New City with his parents and sister Elyse in 1973. A graduate of Clarkstown High School North in 1987, he led their academic league team to victory in two undefeated seasons as its captain. With both math and national honor society elections and with literary accomplishments as a contributing editor to the high schools Etcetera literary magazine, he was as comfortable with new technology as he was with communications. He graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 1992 with dual majors in Business and Finance. In 1998, he married Hayley and in 2000 they became the proud parents of their daughter Laura Elizabeth. After gaining experience in fixed income securities, mortgage banking, financial software sales for mainframes, and launching his own software start up in 1994, Eric found a natural fit for his talents, expertise, and entrepreneural drive with other Generation X'ers at Random Walk Computing. As their sixth employee, he immediately set to work guiding that firm to thirty fold growth over five years; from a small start up to one of the largest and most respected firms in their field. Eric loved New York City. Eric always said NYC was where he wanted to make his home. He never considered living anywhere else. He lived in Brooklyn Heights where the skyline of lower Manhattan was always in view. How ironic that Eric died in the most horrendous disaster in NYC history, one that has permanently changed the city's skyline , and also all of our lives in the 21st century. Eric's parents have said, "We are fortunate to be surrounded by love and compassion by good people, family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. They include New Yorkers, other Americans, people abroad, kind strangers, people of all ethnic backgrounds and religions. Good people are everywhere, so many have reached out to our family, we see, hear and can feel the presence of the rest. This is what has sustained us and given our family strength in this most horrible time of our lives. Our lives will never be the same. Eric will always be near us and with us, enshrined in our hearts. A Memorial Service for Eric was held in Brooklyn Heights on September 30, 2001 and was attended by over 400 people. Eric is survived by his wife Hayley and their daughter Laura, his parents Lynn and Dan, sister Elyse and grandparents Mona and Sam Lehrfeld. A Fund has be established for the benefit of Laura. Donations can be made to The Lehrfeld Family Memorial Trust Fund, 34 Greenwood Drive, New City, NY 10956.

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