South Bend native and Adams High School graduate Katie McCloskey was among the 2,753 souls lost when the World Trade Center came tumbling down on 9-11.
It was a day that forever changed the lives of Dick and Anne McCloskey of Granger.
Their daughter, Katie, who also graduated with a double major from Indiana University-Bloomington, had landed her dream job in the Twin Towers just six weeks before the terrorist attacks.
Maureen McFadden sat down with her dad, Dick, for the ten year anniversary of that fateful day and he said he originally could not watch the images of the towers falling; but he eventually saw some positives that came from all the devastation, saying, "It brought about a tremendous unification of the country that peeled away the layers of discord and disagreement in this country and showed that really down beneath all of that, there was a real core of togetherness of unity."
Dick went on to say on the anniversary of 9/11 that Katie would ask one thing and that is, "Just simply do something good for someone else. If everyone would do that, just think of what a different world we would live in."
The McCloskey's also started a scholarship fund at Adams High School in Katie's name. They've already helped dozens of grads go on to college and he told his wife, "We're going to have kids in college for the rest of our lives."