A friend who called John Iskyan at his office on the 105th floor of World Trade Center's north tower after the first plane hit the building asked if he was OK. "Yup, we're evacuating now," was the 41-year-old's calm response.
Iskyan, who had worked 16 years for the brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald Securities, never made it out.
A native of Manhasset, Long Island, Iskyan and his wife Margaret had two children, Peter, 12, and Carolynn, 9. He also directed the youth lacrosse program in Wilton, Conn., where he lived.
"He was really into his family and his community," said brother-in-law Robert Keeling.
Iskyan was also fond of skiing, a sport that drew him to Saint Michael's College in northern Vermont, where he met his wife.