Lawrence Kim

Nov. 22 would have been Lawrence Kim’s 32nd birthday.

His appetite for food mirrored his appetite for life. He loved doughnuts, wine, hot dogs from New York City vendors and his sister’s pancakes. But his favorite was General Tso’s chicken, which he would cook for his father.

He also had an appetite for knowledge. He drank in the world around him -- teaching himself German so he could read Freud in the original. He also owned several versions of Martin Heidegger’s 'Being and Time' and could quote from Goethe’s 'Faust.'

But he embraced pop culture along with philosophy. One time, his co-workers opened the door to his office to find him blasting Celine Dion and singing along at the top of his lungs. He could recite the lines from the movie 'Philadelphia' after watching it two dozen times.

He was a chronic workaholic. Security guards at Time Warner’s Tampa offices were once alarmed because Mr. Kim’s car had been parked in the same place for eight straight days while he had been continuously working on a project. That discipline carried over to his new job at Marsh & McLennan. Parking records show that he arrived between 7:30 and 8 a.m on Sept. 11, his second day of work.

Copyright (c) 2001 by The New York Times Co. Reprinted by permission.

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I live in Pittsburgh near the Homewood Cemetery where Lawrence Kim is buried. I think of him and the tragedy of September 11, 2001 every time I walk past his final resting place. It touches me to think of this young man leaving this world too soon. Reading the tributes here certainly helps me "know" this person better. And now his mom has died. I think of her in her terrible grief since 2001, and I think of his father and sister. Today I stopped and cleaned up the gravesite a bit, brushing the mown grass off the front of the stone and tossing an old flower pot. It was the least I could do.
Polly McQueen, Friend
Jul 22 2017 10:08AM
Remembering you again today, buddy. Miss you.
Matt, Friend
Sep 11 2015 10:25PM
My reminder today...in your honor...of your laughter, zest for life and consistent journey to learn & understand.
LaShonda Carson, Friend
Sep 11 2014 10:09AM
Larry , I can't believe it's been thirteen years since that terrible morning you were taken away. You stay in our hearts and watch over is from above. We miss you .
Marcie Wolfe, Friend
Sep 11 2014 8:55AM
Larry was a lot like his chosen profession - a rich, wildly entertaining open book who was a mystery for mere laymen to read. This is partly because the Larry I knew didn't quite understand his character himself. He had the charm and wit to skate though life, even at the high profile companies he worked for time and again. But as the New York Times profile suggests, he worked insanely long hours instead. I don't doubt those stories about his work ethic for a minute, but I do doubt that it's possible or necessary to do real work for that many hours on end. That was Larry's very strong loyalty more than anything else. Some of his own personal mysteries he might have addressed by seeing South Korea for himself, where I spent an amazing year once. Contradictions he seemed to fight in his character may have been explained by the mesh of 2 distinctive cultures in one. Larry was a remarkable, exceptionally loyal friend. If he'd lived I'd have asked him to travel the world with me, avoiding work wherever we could. But like South Korea in recent days, he'd have become rich and successful, while still entertaining friends with more energy than almost any of his distant cousins. Here's to you Larry.
D, Friend
Sep 11 2013 1:04PM
Hello again, Larry! Thank you for reminding us that a joyful life and warm, kind heart enhance so many lives.
Cindi, Friend
Sep 11 2012 7:46PM
I met Larry when he moved into Morewood Gardens E-tower at CMU. As an upperclassmen on a freshman floor, Larry was more than a friend, he was a mentor and confidant. I would not be the man I am today without Larry's influence. I miss you and your infectious spirit, my friend.
Dave Wray, Friend
Sep 11 2012 10:38AM
Larry, I'll never forget you and those first few nervous weeks in a new city (Philadelphia) and a new job (PricewaterhouseCoopers). Your positive, outgoing, and welcoming nature made me feel right at home. Truly a genuine, hard working, fun loving guy. A smile is always brought to my face when I think of you.
Nicholas Parrotta, Colleague
Sep 12 2011 6:41AM
I met larry in the Franciscan University of Steubenville.I wish to had keep contact with you when I left to Honduras and never did. I keep so many memories that I enjoy with him.. ,specially going to Pittsburgh that I share with my family and friends,. you leave footprints in my heart that “How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to” JOE HANDAL
JOSE ANTONIO HANDAL, Friend
Nov 11 2010 11:09AM
I didn't even know Larry was working in the WTC until I received the news a few days later. I first met him at a recruiting event for PwC when I was interviewing with the firm. His sense of humor and sincerity instantly bonded me to him. He joked around with me the whole night and made a potentially stressful recruiting event really fun. I found out later we had a lot of mutual friends in common and would often hang out. Larry, my thoughts are with you today and I will always remember you.
Lynne, Friend
Sep 11 2010 11:03PM
I met Larry over twenty years ago in Steubenville, OH and the memories I have of hanging out with him will never dim. Funny, witty, smart, mischievous, occasional insomniac by choice, the only person to ever serenade me with 'Pretty in Pink' from a balcony, and above all, real, no pretention, no cliques, just a great guy. I will always be a better person for having known you Larry.
Ray Good, Friend
Sep 12 2008 12:43AM
Í had to select my relationship, but I never knew Lawrence Kim. To everyone who did, on this most awkward of days - my thoughts are going out to you today. From the Netherlands
Bez, Friend
Sep 11 2008 2:34PM
I met Larry while attending Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. Although it was only for a brief time, the memory of his intelligence, quick wit and affable disposition remain with me to this day. I discovered this website while searching the Internet for a clue as to my old friend’s whereabouts. My hope was to find his profile and reconnect on a networking website so that we could catch up on the past 17 years. Now I wish to let my friend and his family know that I am grateful for the chance to have known Larry. I will always treasure the memories our late night runs to the library at CMU and road trips to the national museums in DC.
Dino Siervo, Friend
Jul 5 2008 5:20PM
Larry, I've been thinking about you a lot this last week, my old friend. As you already know, I lost one of my 4.5 month old daughters to a bacterial infection one week ago. Her loss reminded me of the loss of my close friend from Pittsburgh and how precious life is. You are still very much in my thoughts and I really enjoy telling friends about you. I miss you a lot my friend. Take care of my baby girl. She loves the Steelers and coffee too, so you'll have a lot in common. I will always remember you, Larry. Oh, and when you see Emma, hold her close and pat her on the back. She really likes that. :-) -Matt
Matt Kowalczyk, Friend
Apr 14 2008 3:45PM
Larry: Hardly a day goes by where I don't think of you and wonder about what could have been and how I wish we could have spent more time together. I will always remember our interview road trip to Tampa in 1993. I miss you and keep you alive in my thoughts and in my heart everyday. You were and will always be a great guy, a wonderful friend and someone I miss. -Jason
Jason Herman, Friend
Sep 10 2007 9:01PM
Today I thought of September 2001 and found Larry's tribute. I have met Larry's father on more than one occasion (my wife worked with him), learning little things like how Larry would always give his father new golf shirts, and attended Larry's dedication ceremony in Oakland, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and meeting his family. Six years later, let's not forget Larry, his colleagues, his family who remembers him fondly and all others touched in some way by September 2001.
Tom (Pittsburgh), Friend
Aug 15 2007 4:07PM
Larry, I will always remember working together with you at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting back in 1998. You were a key member of our team and were always ready to help others, especially in matters involving IT. I was impressed by your dedication, work ethic and sense of humor. Thank you for your camaraderie and support. Wherever you may be, I am sure you will continue to bring joy to those around you. Pankaj
Pankaj Srivastava, Colleague
May 10 2006 6:12PM
Larry, It seems impossible that it's been 2 years already. I thank God that He allowed us to be blessed by knowing you, even though it was for far too short of a time. I know your spirit remains here with us and for that I'm grateful. My only regret is that I never told you what a wonderful, caring and extraordinary person you were when I had the chance. By reading the tributes written about you by other people you've touched, I see that I am not the only one who was made better by knowing you. I will never forget. Love, Marcie
Marcie Wolfe, Friend
Sep 12 2003 9:47PM
I had just met Larry, but he made a great impact on me. I can't believe we had contact only days before. I remember him fondly. 9/11 to me is about the loss of Larry. His kind spirit, sincere heart, and lovely kidlike innocence were uniquely beautiful and are sorely missed.
Cindi, Friend
Sep 11 2003 11:07AM
I have known larry since my freshman year at CMU. He was a great friend and an inspiration to me. Because of his 'gooffiness' and his work ethics, I was constanly inspired by Larry to do my best, work my hardest, but to never forgot the fun side of life.
Samir Wadhawan, Friend
Sep 10 2003 11:21PM
Dear, dear Lar-Bear, Today would've been your 32nd birthday. Now, you'll live on forever in my heart as well as Dad's, Mom's and your friends'. You know how much I continue to miss you. Happy Birthday, oh Larry... Love, Catherine
Catherine Kim Fleming, Family
Nov 22 2002 8:51PM
Oh my Lar-Bear... After 8 months, I still expect your calls every Sunday night when you'd invariably ask me what I was making for dinner. Since that nightmare on Sept 11 '01, I've been trying to live in a way that would've made you proud of your big sis. Do you see how hard I've been trying, even though I've stumbled at times? Do you know how I'm trying to keep your smile alive by smiling & joking -- even when I want to scream & cry? I hope you're not too disappointed when I do end up yelling at the world. Larry - What do you think of this mess that Hatred has caused? The great irony is that venomous ignorance stole the life of you, one who embodied pure Kindness and Wisdom... The story of your life is one that I will continue to tell myself & anyone who'll listen to me. Your way of approaching Life will live on in me -- in my actions and words. I promise you this my baby bro: I will live to make you smile with pride wherever you are. Never stop talking to me, okay? I love hearing that gentle voice & laughter. Love & miss you so much, Cashwin
Catherine Kim Fleming, Family
May 18 2002 1:54AM