Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 12, 2011

Wednesday Hero: Kristin Gould White

Kristin Gould WhiteKristin Gould White, 56, New York, N.Y.
United Flight 93Kristin White had sailed down the Nile, seen the ruins of Sicily and visited Turkey. She spoke Latin and ancient Greek. White, a 65-year-old widow, planned to visit San Francisco to visit friends and wine country. Her airplane, United Flight 93, crashed in Pennsylvania. For 40 years, White, a freelance medical journalist, had lived in the same brownstone apartment in New York City. For almost three years, she had been researching early contributors to medicine and science from Ivy League schools. “She was a sponge,” said her daughter, Allison Vadhan. “She could tell you everything about current events, ancient history. She was the most intellectual person I ever knew.” On the morning of Sept. 11, Vadhan was driving to work when she noticed smoke coming from one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. She pulled over and saw the second plane fly into the second tower. She rushed home. Then Vadhan started wondering about her mother. Was she flying Monday? Tuesday? Wednesday? Vadhan dialed into the Internet and checked the itinerary her mother had sent her on electronic mail. She saw “Flight 93” on the e-mail at the same time the flight number and the crash flashed across her TV screen.

Her Heroes Of Flight 93 page



  1. The last couple of sentences just sent chills down my spine. Even today, I’m still mesmerized by these stories. They still give me a strong visceral response. I can’t shake the thought from my mind about the intense horror that these people went through in the final 20 minutes or so of their lives.

    • I can only trust that God had a bigger plan for these wonderful people. It is truly beyond my understanding. And I agree with you–how horrible to know you were living your last moments, that there was no way to save yourself, yet your manner of death could save others.

      What strength.

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