Family of World Trade Center victim creates memorial scholarship fund

Author: Dennis Brown

The family of Katie McCloskey, a South Bend native who was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, has established a scholarship fund in her memory through the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.p. “Everyone who knew Katie was better off for the experience,” said her father, Richard McCloskey, a 1967 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. “The greatest tragedy of Sept. 11 would be to forget Katie and the other victims.”p. Katie’s sister, Dr. Leslie McCloskey, also is a Notre Dame graduate, class of 1990.p. The memorial fund will support an annual scholarship in Katie’s name to be awarded to graduates of South Bend’s John Adams High School who display the same academic, athletic and personal qualities she exhibited throughout her life.p. Katie attended St. Anthony’s Grade School and Adams High School, where she excelled academically and participated in volleyball and tennis. She was graduated in 1998 from Indiana University, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in computer science.p. After working for three years as a software help-desk technician in Indianapolis for Bank One and Eli Lilly, Katie accepted a position in July at Marsh McLennan, a worldwide insurance brokerage firm with offices in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. She was at her desk on the 97th floor of the building when it was hit Sept. 11 by a plane hijacked by terrorists.p. Tax deductible contributions to the Katie McCloskey Memorial Scholarship Fund can to mailed to: Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, P.O. Box 837, South Bend, IN 46624-0837. Additional information about the fund can be found on the World Wide Web at

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