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Robert G. McIlvaine of Merrill Lynch
NEW YORK, 16 September 2001 Merrill Lynch today released the following:
Robert G. "Bob" McIlvaine, 26, a Wall Street communications executive who was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Princeton University, died Tuesday (Sept. 11) in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Mr. McIlvaine, an assistant vice president of media relations for Merrill Lynch & Co., was attending a banking conference on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower when the attack occurred. It is believed that more than 100 people attending the conference have perished.
Mr. McIlvaine lived on the Upper East Side in New York City. He was making plans with his fiancée, Jennifer Elizabeth Cobb, a senior product specialist with Campbell Soup Co. in Philadelphia, to be married next year. Ms. Cobb lives in central New Jersey.
Mr. McIlvaine joined Merrill Lynch in July, where he practiced media relations for the firm's Corporate and Institutional Client Group. He also counted the financial services firm among his major clients as an account executive with global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, where he worked for two years prior to joining Merrill. His career in public relations followed previous employment in the publishing business with Henry Holt & Co. and Vintage Books/Random House, both in New York City.
Mr. McIlvaine pursued the position with Merrill Lynch to fulfill his desire to be at the heart of the world's financial markets. His area of specialty was investment banking, and he was in regular contact with members of the financial press covering Wall Street and global finance.
Jessica Oppenheim, Mr. McIlvaine's manager at Merrill Lynch, said his great enthusiasm was matched by his skills. "Bob was an unusual person in the media relations business because at a relatively young age he had accumulated a great deal of knowledge and experience, and yet had not lost his warm personality and down-to-earth demeanor. We all loved him dearly."
David H. Komansky, chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch, said Mr. McIlvaine's loss was felt throughout the company. "Every employee whose life he touched was impressed with his talent and strength of character. This is a terrible loss for the Merrill Lynch family."
Mr. McIlvaine, an avid basketball player and fan of the Philadelphia 76ers, grew up in Oreland, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He was a graduate of Upper Dublin High School. During high school he played a number of sports including basketball, baseball and soccer.
He graduated from Princeton University in 1997 with a degree in English and a certificate in African-American studies.
The Robert G. McIlvaine Memorial Fund has been established at Princeton University. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to the fund at: The Robert G. McIlvaine '97 Memorial Fund, c/o George F. Schmucki, Princeton University, P.O. Box 140, Princeton, NJ 08544-0140. Checks should be made payable to Princeton University and include mention of the Robert G. McIlvaine '97 Memorial Fund.
In addition to his fiancée, he leaves his parents, Helen and Robert McIlvaine of Oreland, Pennsylvania, and his brother, Jeff McIlvaine, also of Oreland.
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