Frank Schott

Anthony Guarnieri thought so highly of Frank G. Schott Jr. when the two were working together in 1991 that he fixed Schott up with his sister Dina.

Guarnieri invited both of them to his Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, apartment for dinner, and Dina was instantly impressed.

'He was very gentle, quiet and smart,' Dina Schott said of the man she later married. 'It was great.'

A few days after the dinner, Schott, an animal lover, took Dina on a date to the Bronx Zoo. Then they went to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx to walk around and have dinner.

The couple was married in 1993, moved to Massapequa Park a couple of years later and had three children.

Schott, a 39-year old assistant vice president for technology for Marsh & McClennan, has been missing since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. He had worked on the 96th floor of Tower One .

'He went to work every day smiling,' his wife said. 'He made my life a happy one, and I will never forget him for it.'

Schott loved simple things, like playing with his children and working in his garden. He liked working in New York City and vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains.

He was also 'very diverse,' his wife said, sponsoring an impoverished child in Costa Rica through a Christian relief organization, and reading up on international wildlife conservation efforts.

In his memory, his wife planted a flowering plum tree and attached a plaque to a brick wall in his garden in their backyard.

She has noticed that her 4-year-old son, Robert, often wanders to the garden and stares quietly. She believes he is thinking about his dad.

She also has a 7-year-old daughter, Erica, and a 7-month-old son, Jonathan. She and the kids recently picked carrots that her husband planted. He also grew strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.

Although Schott was the one with the green thumb, his wife said she and the kids plan to maintain the garden in his memory. The children are 'very attuned to animals and nature and conserving the environment because of him,' she said.

Schott hated litter, and always made sure the family recycled. He was a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society based at the Bronx Zoo. In the weeks before his death, he read an article in the society magazine about the diminishing cheetah population.

He had some questions about an effort to preserve the cheetahs and so he called researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society to ask them directly. 'He was like that,' his wife said.

After her husband’s death, Dina Schott got a letter from the researchers. 'They sent me the results of the study,' she said. 'They wanted me to know how dynamic and intelligent he was.'

(c) 2001 Newsday, Inc. Reprinted with permission.www.newsday.com

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Plain and simple, Frank I miss you and think of you often...
Jeanne Moran, Colleague
Sep 9 2016 1:08PM
I can hardly believe it has been 14 years since this horrible day....I still think of Frank a lot and wonder how Dina and their children are getting along. I know April that year, their third child was born, a boy I believe...that child is now 14 years old.....Being with Marsh 28 years thus far, I knew many of the friends we lost....Just know they are all thought of.....often!
Jeanne Moran, Colleague
Sep 3 2015 1:14PM
I attended the University of Rhode Island with Frank. I always remember that whenever I saw him he was ALWAYS smiling. You could be having a bad day and run into him and he'd turn your mood around! I also remember he often wore a suit and tie around campus, where most kids dressed casually- because of that, I alway thought, 'That guy is going to be really successful.' Anytime I ever think of him, I smile, so I guess that's a great way for people to remember you.
Diane Maxwell, Friend
Sep 8 2011 1:17AM
Frank and I worked together at Kountry Kitchen in Greenville when we were both in high school. His sister, Janet also worked there. Frank was a dishwasher. Janet and I were a waitresses. Everyone loved Frank; we laughed alot. When I think a bout Frank for some reason I always picture him the night of our senior prom. A mutual friend was his date. Its a wonderful memory. God Bless you, Frank
Charlene Winfield Capuano, Friend
Sep 5 2011 1:52PM
I went to high school with Frank, a great person. Reading all of the positive posts, Frank continued to leave a lasting impression on all he came in contact with. Rest in peace
Pamela Griffin, Friend
Sep 4 2011 9:45PM
Frank - it has been eight long years since I have had the pleasure to talk to you and work with you. Trust me, I remember you always as well as Garo and Barbara. I also remember April 2001 your third child was born and how he is eight years old today.....and he never got to know his wonderful father. Rest well, my friend
Jeanne Moran, Colleague
Sep 11 2009 1:44PM
To the Schott family, I knew Frank from our days working for Smith Barney, I always remembered his sharp wit and personality. We always had a laugh when Frank was around constantly teasing him about his height and it never bothered him. He always was quick with a good comeback. I lost tract after our small group went our seperate ways. I wish there was a way to turn back time. Rest in Peace Frank...and may we never forget that amazing smile and uncanny wit! Steve
Stephen Lastorino, Colleague
Sep 11 2009 1:40PM
MY DEAR FRANK IT HAS BEEN SIX LONG YEARS SINCE I LAST HEARD YOUR VOICE AND HELD YOUR HAND. YOU ARE ON MY MIND ALWAYS AND IN MY HEART. THE KIDS ARE BECOMING BRIGHT YOUNG ADOLESCENCE. MANY OF YOUR PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE WITH THEM. REST IN PEACE. I LOVE YOU DINA
Dina Schott, Family
Dec 31 2007 7:49PM
I knew Frank during my years at Marsh. Like others that have posted their own tributes, I spoke with Frank on work related issues almost weekly and always appreciated his help and began to rely on him a bit too much I suppose, but nonetheless he was always more than happy to help. Several months before 9/11, a team of people from Franks unit came to our office to discuss implementation of a new company database. Garo Voskerijian, Cheryl Monyak and Susan Ruggiero (all of whom were also lost that tragic day in September). Unfortunately, Frank was not part of the group to make that trip and I never had the chance to meet him in person. After reading this tribute website, I now realize how much he meant to others as well. My condolences go out to his family and friends.
Anthony Rydbeck, Colleague
Sep 22 2007 8:04PM
Frank was my dad and i pray for him everyday<33
Erica, Family
Sep 6 2007 8:58PM
I met Frank when he moved to Smithfield, Rhode Island where we were members of Smithfield High’s class of ‘79. We have recently organized a twelve class reunion and plan on remembering those graduates who are no longer with us. Frank is truly one to be remembered! Frank was accepting of everyone, regardless of their shortcomings. He never judged but rather was a peace-maker helping mend many damaged or broken friendships that seem to occupy most teenagers’ lives in high school. Frank was a good athlete as well running for the Sentinel’s track and cross country teams and he also found time to participate in our school’s model legislature. The town of Smithfield, the state of Rhode Island and the Smithfield High class of ’79 are better off for having known Frank Schott. Thanks for the memories Frank!
Tom Nangle, Friend
Jul 22 2007 9:47PM
I had the pleasure of knowing Frank since 1978. I remember discussing colleges and careers with him and his parents and even welcoming him back to NY after he graduated URI. We often chatted about working on Wall Street and his NY Jets - his dad and I are Giants fans. He was always honest and sincere and a credit to his fine family. He will always be in our hearts.
Don Pfail, Friend
Jan 26 2007 6:06PM
You are truly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Margaret Middione, Colleague
Sep 11 2006 11:51AM
I worked with Frank at the Marketing Research Center at University of Rhode Island. I remember how eager, friendly and fun he was. Always willing to help with any project. I'm writing this tribute years after Sept 11th but after seeing the his name mentioned in the URI alumni news last year I can't help but think of him from time to time. I'm sure his wonderful aura will live on with his wife and children.
Marissa Meyers, Friend
Mar 16 2006 1:00AM
I was first introduced to Frank as he was hired to work on the WinCert project. In August, 2000 several WinCert administrators met on the 95th floor of the WTC to go over enhancements, that's when I met Frank face to face. Frank had a great sense of humor and like my friend Mark Merry, always kidded him about his accent. I used to tease him about his pronunciation of Long Island. I remember waiting for the birth of this 3rd child. I always asked him 'do we have a baby yet'. There isn't a week that goes by that I don't think of Frank and I truly miss him. Through our work relationship we develop a friendship, one I cherished and feel so blessed to have known him.
Jeanne Moran, Colleague
Sep 12 2002 12:55PM
I never got the chance to meet Frank, but I had the pleasure of working with him a lot over the phone the few years preceeding 9/11. He was a terrific guy to deal with and always available to help when I called regarding the Wincert system at Marsh USA Inc. I know Frank would go out of his way frequently to get me and my many problems taken care of. We had plenty of times to chit-chat and I always enjoyed conversations w/him. I'm sorry I never was able to meet him. I still miss my phone ringing with that familiar NY number knowing it was Frank with a solution or a problem, but no matter what, it was sure to be enjoyable. My condolences to his family and friends.
Brent D. Diaz, Colleague
Sep 11 2002 9:42PM
One of my first training projects with Marsh, Inc. was in Newport Beach, Ca. This project afforded me the opportunity to work with Frank, Garo V. and others. Frank answered my questions and helped me through some difficult moments. I will never forget how much better I felt knowing that Frank was the project manager--it made the difference. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.
Kathryn Biddle, Colleague
Sep 10 2002 10:45PM
Frank was the project manager for the first project I worked on as a Marsh trainer. He was always there to answer questions if I needed help. I used to kid him about his thick accent, he'd say something a little too quickly, and I'd have to ask him if he could translate that for me. I'd visit his desk whenever I needed to get away from mine - he was always busy but would find a moment for me. He is sorely missed!
Mark Merry, Colleague
Apr 11 2002 4:39PM