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Phil was my classmate in the ungrad program at Lincoln HS (class of January, 1964). I especially remember his brilliance, smile, quirky sense of humor, many chess games (most of which he won) and an invitation to go deer-hunting with him and his dad - which, alas, I never took him up on. I expect he has left many others with special recollections as well.

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In Remembrance
Place of Residence:
Sea Bright, NJ
Location on 9/11:
AON Corporation | Client Specialist

A man of many eccentricities, Phil Guza is fondly remembered by those who knew him best. Born and raised in northeast Philadelphia, Phil attended Abraham Lincoln High School where he was self motivated and driven to discover one of his life interests: mathematics. He was able to move on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Lehigh University and then a doctorate in math at Princeton University.  After teaching mathematics at Rutgers University for several years, he changed careers to the insurance business where could still apply his mathematics interest and talent; he remained in that industry for almost three decades. His other pastimes included bowling (as the captain of his company bowling team), golf (despite the fact that he really wasn’t very good at it), and crabbing along the Shrewsbury River on the Jersey Shore- especially with his two sons. He enjoyed intellectual pursuits, including chess and scrabble, and was a member of MENSA. Until his death at age 54, Phil lived in Sea Bright, NJ and commuted to New York as an insurance executive at Aon Risk Services on the 105th floor of World Trade Center Tower Two. On the morning of September 11th Phil left a voice mail message for his son while looking down on 1 World Trade Center, reassuring his family that he’s okay and the incident was at the other tower before he promptly returned to his meticulous work where he was last seen in his office. Phil’s legacy lives on through his two sons, Tom and Pete, who established this Memorial Scholarship in his honor to help more young people achieve their dreams of moving up in the world as their father did.