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Hi Daddy,

I Love You. Wish you were here. Wish you could love me, guide me, give me a few words of sage advice, as you always did. Wish you could encourage me and drive me. Wish you could push me forward when I feel stuck. Wish you could tell me what to do sometimes. Wish, wish, wish. I wish all those things. I hope you hear them, feel them, intuit them. I know you do. You were the first man I ever loved. I love you, still.

Laura, your daughter.

We worked on a couple of projects. I printed all your specs and blueprints. We were going to meet to review your ideas abut designing a radio studio. You were a wonderful man with a great spirit and a love of all you did. Your family was your true love. I always think of you on 9/11. RIP.

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In Remembrance
Age:
45
Place of Residence:
New York, NY
Location on 9/11:
Two WTC
Occupation:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill | Architect
Biography:

Before immigrating to the United States from his home country of Moldova, architect Arkady Zaltsman helped design the parliament building which would later become a landmark. When he and his family arrived in the U.S. in the early 1990s, the once esteemed architect was an unknown. He steadfastly worked to build his career in his new country.

“He actually was a workaholic,” his daughter, Laura Khait, told a museum oral historian. “Not in the negative sense of the word…but somebody that just is so passionate about what they do, there are not enough hours in the day to work.”

Zaltsman opened the firm AAZ Design and designed high end homes and businesses. He even submitted a design proposal for the Oklahoma City Memorial. He was eventually hired by architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

His sacrifices were worth it. “He adored New York. Just adored New York. He would show it to everybody who would come and visit later on and his favorite vista was Brooklyn Heights,” said his wife, Zhanna Galperina.

On September 11, 2001, Zaltsman was in a meeting at Aon Corporation on the South Tower’s 105th floor, presenting his plans for renovating the Toronto Airport. Today, a white rose marks what would have been his 61st birthday.