Condolences for Loss of Geographic Team on Flight  77

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I am sorry to hear that Ann was among the victims of September 11. She was the travel coordinator for Marco Polo III in 1992 when I traveled to Egypt and Greece with other Alaskans. Ann was a fine person besides being good at her job. Her sense of humor was welcome when we needed it.— Mary Hayes

To: All colleagues at the National Geographic Society
From: The International Geographical Union British Geographical Education Committee
We had a meeting on September 22nd, 2001 and the members wished me to express our deep sadness and support for you all following the terrorist attacks on September 11th. Our hearts go out to those geographical colleagues who with fellow teachers and children were engaged in their programme of sharing their enthusiasm for geography. Please pass on our condolences to the families affected by these terrible events. The world of geography is really a small place when events like this happen. Best wishes.—Andrew Powell, Chair of the IGU British Geographical Education Committee

I'm sure I'm not the only one who can say that Joe and Ann have made a profound difference in their life. They have both been a part of making me a better person and educator. Thanks—David Breen, Utah

I am writing to you from Santa Barbara-Carpinteria , CA. I am a middle school science teacher in Carpinteria. I had the pleasure of working with Hilda Taylor this summer in a JASON training in Milwaukee.,Wisconsin. Hilda was full of energy and enthusiasm. An absolute jewel, one of kind. Hilda participated in several National Geographic field studies. And I was particularly interested in her educationaladventures as I wanted to follow in her footsteps. In early September I received a telephone call from a Mr. Joe Ferguson, from the National Geographic Society. I was invited to be part of a team of students and teachers, a team conducting field studies on the island of Santa Cruz, off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA. I discovered that Hilda Taylor was part of the team and she was flying out with one of her treasures, a student. I thought I was dreaming, what a golden opportunity, A chance to work with Hilda again and meet the students and Joe Ferguson. I was looking forward to sharing and showcasing our back yard , Santa Barbara, with Joe, Ann Judge and the students. Today's Date is October 2, 2001. I think about these Lost Treasures every day, Hilda, Joe, the teachers and the Kids, The Kids. What a Heartbreak. What a terrible loss of great talent. Still Grieving, Still Crying—George Flores, Carpinteria, CA

We send our prayers out to the grieving families and friends of the National Geographic staff, teachers and the innocent children. It has taken something from us all that can never be replaced. But we survive so that we can remember. Through remembering we can pass along all that was good and outstanding about everyone we knew. Bless them for being there for the children when they needed them. In our prayers you will all stay.—(No name given)

My heart goes out to those who lost someone dear to them on Sept. 11, 2001. My 8-year-old daughter lay peacefully sleeping right now and I thank God that she is safe, and that she has never felt the sorrow of losing her Mom. I can only imagine the sorrow felt by the parents as they grieve the tremendous loss of their innocent children. I believe that God held them tight and gave them peace during those final moments. Your babies are in a beautiful and serene place now. I pray for the parents and families left behind. It is hard to pray for peace for you, or that you overcome this, because I can't imagine how that could be possible. I guess that I just pray that you are able to make it through another day, and that there is some peace in knowing you will be reunited with your babies someday, but God needs you here today. I also grieve with the daughters and sons who lost parents, and men and women who lost their partners. My heart is heavy with your sorrow. Please accept my deepest condolences. You are not alone in your pain, the world feels your pain and cries with you. I pray that there is someone in your life that you can lean on for support right now. If someone is not readily available, know that the world supports you. We will do whatever we can to help you get through another day. With love and support—Noel VanSpoor, Edmonds, WA

It has now been a month. I thought that I was beginning to deal with this unimaginable situation, but I was wrong. I miss you two incredibly. Joe, you were more that just my eye-rolling, head-swinging boss, and Ann, you were so much more than that insane, cigarette-smoking, diet Coke-drinking woman who ran travel, you were like older siblings to me. I know that I'm not the only one who still feels this way. I can't say anything more that hasn't already been said, but I would like to share a few song lyrics with everyone. Jimmy Buffett is one of my all time favorite artists, but even Jimmy hasn't been able to cheer me up. In the days following recent events, I did come across this song, Oyster and Pearls:
Lindbergh left Long Island
Thumbed his nose at gravity
And climbed into the heavens.
When he returned to earth that night everything had changed,
For the pilot and the planet, everything was rearranged.
We're a pretty mixed-up bunch
Of crazy human beings
It's written on our rocket ships
And in early cave wall scenes.
How does it happen,
How do we know,
Who sits and watches
Who does the show?
Some people love to lead
And some refuse to dance.
Some play it safely, others take a chance.
Still, it's all a mystery
This place we call the world
Where most live as oysters
While some become pearls.
Elvis was the only man from Northeast Mississippi
Who could shake his hips and still be loved by rednecks, cops, and hippies.
It's something more than DNA that tells us who we are
It's method and it's magic, we are of the stars.
Some make the world go round, others watch it turn.
Still it's all a mystery
This place we call the world.
Most are fine as oysters
While some become pearls.
I love and miss you guys. I'll see you when I get there!—James "The Red" Pleasants, NGS Geography Education Intern, 1998

Latest Messages Received Through Wednesday, September 26:

Please accept my deep sympathy following the loss of Joe and Ann, together with the 3 teachers and 3 students. The initial scale of these attacks and anticipated loss of life was hard to comprehend especially when viewed from so far away. The loss becomes much more personal when it involves people who contribute much that is important and meaningful into our lives, even when we have no direct personal contact with the individuals concerned. People like Joe and Ann set the standards, making the National Geographic Society the respected organisation it has become. From my schooldays to the present time, your monthly National Geographic Magazine has introduced so much of the wider world into my life. Your staff and contributors reveal so much that is good and positive in the world, how sad that Joe and Ann should be taken by one negative and cowardly act. My deepest condolences—Roger Foster, Plymouth, England

Please accept my sincerest condolences at your loss. I am sure that the absences of your colleagues will be sorely felt for a long time. Please extend my condolences to their families as well. I cry with you now in this time of grief. Sincerely—Cindy Patterson, Oregon, U.S.A.

I can't tell you how much this saddens me. I've only just read the passenger lists on-line and my heart is breaking once more. To read about the kids who were going on a project with the NGS. I only hope that their hearts were so filled with excitement and joy at the prospect, as I know they will have been. To have been given this chance and to have died this way is just unimaginable, I will pray for them all tonight and give my son an extra big hug. Thinking of you all—K.O'Mara

Over the past weekend I learned of the death of Joe Ferguson and am deeply saddened. I was in school with this young man at the University of Southern Mississippi and I remember what a fine young man he was and how much he offered to the academic program at USM. Most of all I remember the day he received notification that he had been accepted into the internship program at the National Geographic Society and how excited he was. From what I have read about Joe recently he was a tremendous asset at the Society and will be deeply missed. I can assure you as a fellow Mississippian he will be deeply missed at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Durant, his hometown and across the state.—Milton H. Figg, Librarian, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Houston

Our solace may be in the beauty of the Channel Islands
To never forget the children lost and the warmth of their smiles
To return to Ladys Harbor on Santa Cruz Island to bake perch on campfire rocks
To calendar by only sunrise and sunset
To pull hard hands climbing up so steep rock
To view whales from our windy point
to return home forever changed
Never to forget my summer of '71.
John Labudde

Associazione Turistica Pro Loco Monterosso
Via G. Marconi 82/84 - 89819 Monterosso Calabro (VV) Italy
Tel. Fax 0039 963 326053
Monterosso Cal. 24.09.01

To the President of National Geographic Society

Dear Sir,
On behalf of the Museum of Monterosso Calabro and the Pro Loco Association, we express our deep sorrow and our condolences to the National Geographic Society and to the family of Mrs. Ann Judge Campana, who died so tragically on the 11th September this year. We met Mrs. Judge twice, when she came to our town in Italy on 1993 and 1996. Together with Mrs. Gail Cleere [from the Office of Naval Research] leading the "Marco Polo Project". We never forget Ann for her humanity, her strong love for our community and the precious contribution she gave to strengthen the friendly relationship between the American and the Italian people; she loved our town very much and together with Mrs. Cleere she worked strongly in order that our town and our Museum could be included in the International itineraries. For these rare gifts, as suggested by our Association, the Major and the Council of our town gave Ann the Key of the city and we are sure she was very proud of that. Joe Ferguson came to Monterosso on 1993 as a member of "Marco Polo Project". We extend our condolences to National Geographic and to his family. A service in remembrance of Ann Judge, Joe Ferguson and all the victims of 11th September will be celebrated in our town. We will advise you of the date. Ciao, Ann!!! You will be in our hearts for ever.
Soccorso Capomolla, President
Antonio Parisi, Honorary President

Dear NGS friends and family of Joe, I first met Joe in 1991 and since then I have enjoyed our yearly Christmas cards and the times we were able to work together on NGS education issues. I will miss Joe and all the laughs and smiles he brought to those around him. Joe, you will be missed.—Judi Horchler, SGI '91

The astonishing thing about Ann and Joe is their range of vision and their passion for ideas and ideals. Our compass has been taken from us and we are lost. May our memories help to guide us as we travel life's difficult journeys in the days ahead. My sincerest condolences to Ann's and Joe's families and to their friends throughout the NGS community. "Sympathy is many hearts sharing one sorrow."—Susan Wasserman

My deepest sympathy to all at the National Geographic Society, especially those in the outreach and travel programs on the loss of so many good people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.—Fiona Allison

To the family of Ann Campana Judge: I wanted to express my condolences on the untimely and senseless death of Ann. I admit that I hadn't seen Annly in ages since we both worked downtown. At the time I was working for Riggs Bank near the National Geographic and I was very agreeably surprised to see a familiar face from OWU and Delta Delta Delta. This past week has made me think back on all the fun times we had at OWU. As a sorority sister we had a lot of fun together, she was President of the house the year I was Treasurer. I recall our very informal executive committee meetings over sodas we pilfered from the coke machine (I had the key to the machine). We also worked together on Art projects at the house, boy did we make a mess doing batiks in the house kitchen. (I still have mine). I realize that time, job commitments and family tend to make you lose contact with your friends from college but the memories stay with you. Ann will be missed. Sincerely—Ann Hellekjaer Johnson, OWU ' 74, Delta Delta Delta, Kensington, Maryland

Conocimos a Ann en 1994 durante el viaje de Marco Polo (España y Marruecos). Ann fue responsable del éxito del proyecto y estaremos eternamente agradecidos de su profesionalísmo y atención hacia los maestros de Puerto Rico. Ann Judge no solo representó el compromiso y de la National Geographic Society (NGS) en los proyectos encaminados a mejorar la enseñanza de la geografía. Lamentamos su partida pero sabemos que dejó una huella en muchos corazones más allÿ de los Estados Unidos.—
Dr. Carlos J. Guilbe López, Universidad de Puerto Rico

We are the parents of an intensely curious, most precious 5th-grader. It is inconceivable for us to consider a loss like yours. When our 10-year-old greeted me at the end of a very sorrowful, tear-filled day on Sept. 11th, his reaction was to say, "Mom, there's one thing that can come out of today—we can never give up hope." Please know your neighbours in Canada are praying for you. We will hold you close in our hearts.—Cheryl von Conruhds & family, Nanaimo, B.C.

As we honor the outstanding work of Joe and Ann, we are
reminded of our obligation to America's youth.
Our students are flooded with emotions and with questions.
Let us be patient with them as we all struggle to understand
the ramifications of this national tragedy.
With compassion we can share our knowledge of the earth
and its people, provide a sense of perspective to conflicting claims,
and teach compassion in a discordant world.
Joe and Ann would expect nothing less from us. Our thoughts go out
to their families during this time of healing.
Greg Nelson, NGS SGI '91, Geographic Educators of Nebraska

My heart goes out my friends at National Geographic and to the families and friends of Joe, Ann, and the students and teachers they were taking on what should have been a great adventure. I remember them both with great fondness from my years at NGS—Joe for his sweetness and dedication to educating children, Ann for her humor and professionalism. We are all diminished by their loss, and the loss of so many Americans and others from around the world. My deep sympathy to all who knew and loved them.—Jane Tully

Dear Family & Friends of Ann and Joe: As Ann, Joe and the many others begin a new journey, may you be comforted by the prayers and thoughts of others. I pray that God will give you the strength to deal with the loss of such wonderful people. Their warmth and exuberance are so abundantly expressed in their pictures. I wish I could have known them and I am so sorry that they are no longer with you except in your hearts and fond memories. I'm keeping their wonderful pictures next to my computer—their smiles make me feel both happy and sad, but thankful that they were a part of so many lives. God bless you and keep you always. Love—Beverly Ann Huston, Lexington, Kentucky

To the Geographic staff: It is remarkable to me, reading through all the condolences and hearing of the great memorial service for Ann and Joe, to think how many lives were touched by these two unique and marvelous souls. It is gratifying to me as one of the orginal Geography Pilot Project members to see the exponential impacts of that initial plan put forth in the summer of 1985. No one then could have imagined how widespread and positive an influence that work would carry. Joe brought his youth, exuberance, tough-minded determination and good humor to the program at a time when it was expanding rapidly in size and function. His amazing organizational and people skills gave birth to the first institutes in D.C. and set the stage for all the institutes that have followed. We could never have imagined in those days the programs like Marco Polo and Sustainable Seas. Ann, too, was instrumental in the success of the Geography Education Program from the beginning. She loved the program and the program adored her. How could we have gotten all those teachers when and where they were supposed to be without our Ann? Never mind that we all had a ball creating, flying and designing that program while we were at it. I am grateful for those years at the Geographic and grateful to have known Joe and Ann. I grieve for their families and for you because I know that there is a void there every day. Take heart in knowing that the work done by these two will go on and that what they began has grown into a self-sustaining mission for so many. Peace be with you.—Kimball Love

I can say without a doubt that it was an honor and privilege to have known Joe Ferguson. I know that he will be greatly missed by all that had that privilege. So many people have said so many wonderful things about him it has made me realize just how many lives that he touched. Joe was the kindest, sweetest and nicest person I have ever known. You could always count on Joe. He was a true friend and man of his word and always made me feel good. Over the years I have been through some tough times and I would never ask for or admit I needed help, but Joe knew and was there. He always knew just what was needed whether it was cheering up or a shoulder to cry on. Through the ups and downs of life Joe was there for me, a true friend. I still can not figure out how he had time to do all that he did for everyone. We shared many common interests and always had a good time when we were together. Some of the things we did over the years I will never be able to forget and still laugh about today. Joe had a love for what he did and without a doubt a love for life. There are so many things that I will miss about him from his cards, letters and calls to his sense of humor and jokes to his encouragement as well as his never-ending smile and the list goes on and on. Yes, I have shed many tears for the loss of Joe, but I know that he is in a better place and is up there looking down on us. I may have never said it, but Joe you were the "Wind Beneath My Wings" and truly understood the meaning of "That's What Friends Are For." Joe will never be forgotten and his memory will always hold a special place in my heart until we meet again.—Lee

I only met Joe a couple of times, his mother was a neighbor of mine and a dog lover. I met Joe through his dog Winston, a wire-haired fox terrier and was always tickled to learn how he would sneak the dog aboard AMTRAK for a quick trip to New York. I would like his mother to know that my heart and prayers go out to her and she is in my thoughts. I know that Winston will be living with her now, I hope that each can comfort the other in this terrible loss. Sincerely—Aileene Maldonado

I first knew Ann in her pre-Mrs. Judge days as Ann Campana—funny, tough-talking kid from New York who had a comment on everything. Intimated the heck out of me at first, but, I soon realized that Ann was a sugar bunny. We were freshman pledges in the same sorority (Tri Delt) at Ohio Wesleyan University, sharing the same scary, self-conscious feelings of sticking out like sore thumbs in that universe of sophisticated beauty queens, cheerleaders and campus leaders. All Ann and I wanted to do was wear our jeans and flannel shirts, drink Tab, break into the dorm kitchen at night and laugh up a storm. And, did Ann ever laugh—till the cows came home! During our senior year, Ann was honored by her sorority sisters by being chosen to serve as President—a job that she tackled with grace, incredible energy and incredible success. I'll never forget the astonished look on her face the night she was elected—so surprised, so awed that her sisters held her in such high regard. And, as I read all of the many amazing and touching testimonials to Ann from the people whose lives she has touched in the intervening years since college, it's abundantly apparent that her sorority sisters weren't the only ones to be touched by and made better by knowing this wonderful person. Annley, my friend, we shall all miss you terribly.—Carrie Thomas Farrington, OWU Class of '73, Basking Ridge, N.J.

From a Retired Indexer [at National Geographic Society]: My condolences to all the victims. Perhaps reading Psalm 24, v. 1-6 may help you in your grief. So many thoughts, so many memories. I arrived in New York onboard the "Oslofjord" June 26,1939 at age 20 to study English for one year. September '39. I felt safe in America. Germany invaded Norway April 9, 1940. "Smuggled" letters to Norway to families and friends for 20 men training in Toronto, Canada, to become combat pilots. December 7, 1941. Mail discontinued, Red Cross letters only, no telephones. Uncle Paul in Sweden "smuggled" mail on my behalf to my family, worked for the Norwegian Seamen's Mission in Philadelphia until May 8, 1945. Merchant men torpedoed off the East Coast of America provided with church, banking service, Red Cross letters, clothing, Christmas gifts, a "home away from home. My father died a few months before I returned home in August, 1947. I became an American citizen. NGS was my "home" for 20 years.—Brit ("Breet") Aabakken Peterson

As the summer season comes to an end may we find hope in the coming seasons. I'd like to bless the children on Flight 77 and all the teachers who guided them and all the passengers and their families and friends. God Bless us all to carry on and continue their works and effort to "Watch Our Earth," nurture it and protect all living creatures. This month several people in my life are celebrating birthdays. I'd like to send a gift in their names, to the memory of Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson, the students Rodney Dickens, Asia Cottom, and Bernard Brown, and their teachers, James Debeuneure, Sarah Clark, and Hilda Taylor. The names of my friends and relatives celebrating September birthdays are: Cynthia Pearson (the 18th), Charles Pearson (the 22nd), Carl Pearson (the 20th), Eric McNeely (the 12th), Glenn Dowding (the 8th), Shirley Brandreth (the 25th). May the cherished memories of all those we have lost, inspire and renew hope in all of us to bring peace to our world. I teach elementary school in Warwick, Rhode Island, and I'm a member of the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance (RIGEA) Although I didn't have the honor of knowing Joe and Ann, my colleagues have filled my heart with so many recollections of Ann and Joe's energy that I felt I, too, knew them. With peace, love, and hope— Christine E. Dowding

It was with great shock and sadness that I learned Joe was on Flight 77. I met Joe on a trip to Mykonos two years ago through our mutual friend Ed Kaczmarek. Joe was a delight, always ready with a witty comment or a simple look that said it all. We had such a great time and I feel very fortunate to have known this wonderful man who had such an incredible impact on so many lives. The world has suffered a tremendous loss, but has been blessed by all Joe did for others during his short life. My thoughts and condolences are with his mother and other family members and friends. And I thank Ed for bringing Joe into my life.—Jeff Brodin Phoenix, AZ

Messages Received Friday, September 21, 2001:

I would like to pass my condolences to you all at NGS. My dad was a subscriber from the early 1940s and I still have some of those copies. I now have my own family and we are carrying on the tradition of reading one of the best information magazines in the world. Everyone here in Australia is shocked at the uncalled for attack on so many innocent people, it is such a waste of life. My family has many friends in America and I have to admit the e-mail and telephone were running hot as we tried to discover the fate of our friends. Unlike so many we have been very lucky and our friends are safe. God speed, and always remember you are not alone support comes from us all.—Liz Carlsund

Amid all the tragic stories surrounding the events of September 11th, I was particularly saddened to hear about the students, teachers and staff of the National Geographic educational project. How excited they all must have been, and how unbelievably terribly it ended. The only comfort I can offer is that Asia, Bernard, Rodney, Hilda, Sara, James, Ann and Joe will never be forgotten, even by strangers like me who never got to know them. My thoughts and sympathies go out to the families, friends, and colleagues of the victims.—Reena Sattar, Canadian, via Prague, the Czech Republic

NGS John Fahey's quote,"This was quintessential Ann—living life to the fullest and wanting to share it with others" captures her perfectly. I count Ann as one of my special people. I was privileged to share three weeks with her on the 1999 Marco Polo Mediterranean trip. Our motley collection of Geography Education Alliance state coordinators, school teachers, middle school students, NGS staff, and Navy personnel, truly were Explorers for those three weeks, courtesy of Ann and her incredible network of contacts, both old ones she had cultivated over her career as a travel coordinator, and new ones she met that day. Ann had the personality, talent, and joie de vie that opened doors and experiences to us. She left us immeasurably richer and wiser and appreciative of the wonderful diversity and richness of our world. As a person, she is (I won't say was as Ann's spirit will live on) a truly unique and special person. She was genuinely open, friendly and honest. Ann was not a 'polite hello' person, she was a 'Hi! Great To See You' hugs person. Her joy of life is infectious and will remain as a beacon of light and example of how to wring the most enjoyment and most experience out of every situation and opportunity. Her spirit lives on in each of us fortunate to have met her and count her as a friend.—Lee Williams, Vice President for Research and Graduate Dean, University of Oklahoma; Former Coordinator, Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education

Just this past July for ten days, I and 43 other teachers, were with Joe and Ann in Juneau Alaska this summer. They were two loving dedicated people who love their job, educating teachers and children. They were truly caring people. I will always remember Joe's smile and kindness. I will always remember Ann and her early morning flights, she wanted her people to get where they were going and always cared to be sure you got there. The first time I met her she was on pins and needles to be sure her precious cargo, teachers, go where they were suppose to be on time. When we landed 300 miles north of Juneau, Joe and Ann were there to save the day. They seized the moment to teach us about the land, life, geography and each other. The bonding we experienced in this trip this summer was possible by the outstanding planning they did along with Elsie Rivard of JASON educational outreach. Joe and Ann will be missed terribly but as an educator and person, I will carry on their love of people, children, geography and learning. Teaching touches lives forever. Joe and Ann did just that.—Evelyn Kelley, Teacher Consultant, Alabama

Although I did not know Ann, I was acquainted with Joe, who was a close friend of a close friend. I will never forget his sense of humor —a couple little jokes in particular. The world is poorer for the loss of so many…My heartfelt condolences.—Patricia Walker

I was so shocked by the lose of two of National Geographic's staff. God bless you and God bless us all as a nation.—Beryl

I'm sadden by the happenings and the taking of lives. I'm trying to find out if this Ann Judge was the daughter of Joe Judge, who also worked for NG? Thank you for your help.—Sandra W. Eisel

Ann was not related to Joe Judge

Messages Received Thursday, September 20, 2001:

This morning, I was honored to attend the memorial held by the NGS for Joe Ferguson and Ann Judge. Joe was one of my best and dearest friends during the past six years. He was one of the first people I met when I first began traveling for work to the Washington, DC area. I was shocked and saddened when I learned late last week that he was one of the victims of the September 11th tragedies. I cried as I realized that a beacon of light in my life had been taken away. However, I had no concept of the tremendous light that both Joe and Ann provided to the rest of the nation and the world, through their work, until the memorial program this morning. Hearing how Joe touched the lives of thousands of teachers and students somehow has eased the pain of losing him. I also realized this morning that the National Geographic Society is truly a family, and I now understand more fully Joe's love for his job and the people he worked with. I miss Joe tremendously, and have vowed to keep his memory going in my own way —I am going to send postcards to everyone on every trip I go on from now on. Please pass along my deepest condolences to his family.—Bruce Carroll, Alexandria, Virginia

I met Ann Judge several times during my time freelancing for the Geographic. She was wonderful, efficient, and always laughing. I share in your sorrow.—Bill Luster Louisville, Kentucky

All of us at Earthwatch Institute are saddened and shocked by the horrific events that happened last week. We are especially saddened by the loss of the NGS team which was off to explore the wonders of our country. As Earthwatch shares with NGS the principle of bringing people together, to help solve problems and seek new solutions we understand how important the work is of the Geography Outreach Program. It is a tragedy that these young people and their teachers will not have the opportunity to expreince the excitement of field research. Our thoughts are with all of you at NGS and with the families of the students and their dedicated teachers.—Beth Morris

I'm deeply saddened by the loss of Joe and at the time I was unaware of his death. I was stunned by the fact that so many people had lost their lives in such a horrific way. It was not until later that night I found out that Joe was on that flight. I sent him an e-mail that day saying I hope he is well and take care and be safe, but he never got it because it was too late. I feel so sorry that someone had taken him to his death and did not know what they were doing in this senseless act of murder. Joe was a lovely man, so kind and thoughtful. He would not hurt a fly. I fell in love with Joe some years back and we had some very good times together. I still kept in contact with him but it was always Joe that sent the Xmas/birthday/Valentine cards, also cards from his travels. He had a way with words. He could make you feel so good and he could say things that I could not put into words in his letters. He left his mum and Winston behind and I know they will miss him so very much because he had so much love for them. I'm only sorry I could have come over sooner to see him. We were planning a trip when I would come over and spend some time together with him and Winston. I wish I could be there tomorrow to pay my respects at his and the other staff, but I cannot. I cannot stop thinking about him and what happened and it will stay with me for the rest of my life. He was so special and caring and so loving. I have said my prayers for him and cannot stop thinking what a loss to the people who knew him and shared the love he had to give. Bye-bye. God bless you Joe. All my love.—Alex

I met Joe many years ago at Stanford. His bright smile and devilish character instantly appealed to me. Over the years, Joe and I became close friends. Whenever he came to San Francisco, we would meet up and share our lives. I will miss him so much. Joe not only taught me to love geography but to enjoy life. I am counting on him to watch over me until we meet again. You are a wonderful friend Joe. Love always—Jim Spellicy, Lowell HS, San Francisco

Messages Received Wednesday, September 19, 2001:

Ann first came into my world less than a year ago, but I will NEVER be the same for knowing her. I worked with Ann in bringing 50 teachers to Juneau, Alaska this last summer. She must have e-mailed me 100 times over the months we chatted and we developed our own little laughs via these e-mails. I'd smile each time I got one from her. My most favorite memory of Ann however, is a story she told of an adventure here in Juneau. Apparently a group of teachers attempted to hike the West Glacier trail. During the hike a fellow teacher twisted and hurt an ankle, so, it was Ann to the rescue. She told of how she hoisted this teacher up and practically carried her off the mountain single-handedly. All of you that know Ann can imagine her telling this story (if you have not already heard her version of it). I just have this image of her carrying this woman off the mountain. I was so shocked and saddened when I saw her face on TV last Saturday…it put a face to this tragic event in our America. I feel for all the families and friends of all the lost, but have a special little place in my heart for those closest to Ann. I can only imagine how much you will miss her, as I know I have a void knowing that there will be no more calls or e-mails from her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. With loving thoughts—Timi Tullis, Juneau, University of Alaska SE

I met Joe through a mutual friend, a classmate at both Durant High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. He was an intelligent, caring, funny and interesting man. He always took the time to answer my unending questions concerning his travels and career. We have lost a great American who cared about people and education.—Paul Harris, Gulfport, Mississippi

I was the National Geographic Bee champ from Kansas in 1990 I think. Not sure anyone would remember me, but I was probably the only one to have Osteogenesis imperfecta and be in a wheelchair. I was a bit worried about you guys, but thought you were far enough away from the Pentagon that you'd be fine. Sorry for responding so late, I just am not sure I'd heard of you being affected. The only consolation is the people I remembered best from back then, the Lampathakis's, Dee Dee Danforth, and a few others seem to be okay from what I read. I know how horrible that must sound and for that I apologize. I hope things go better for you. I wish I had kept up better with you now, but hindsight's 20/20 I guess. Good luck and God Bless—Name withheld on request

Joe is a dear friend of my daughter, Laura, and her friend, Steve. My heart aches for them in losing such a dear friend. My deepest sympathy to Joe's family. My prayers are with Joe and his family and for the victims and families touched by this tragedy. Our lives will never be the same.—Betty Beltz, Executive Secretariat, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Joe Ferguson profoundly touched my life with his joie de vivre! We met in graduate school at Ohio University, where Joe immediately took me under his wing. His sharp wit, unbounded generosity, and upbeat manner endeared him to me. He loved his "Mama" and always showed genuine concern about my mother. Joe did volunteer work and continually encouraged people to contribute their energies toward helping others. He understood the importance of education, people, and love. I certainly hope Winston has a good home. How I belly-laughed when Joe described the doggie play groups he attended! I am eternally grateful to have tasted life with him and very sad at this loss for humanity. For Joe's sake…let us dance!—Jane Wetzel Jako, Mansfield, Ohio

I was saddened to hear of the precious children and precious teachers that were lost in the crash at the Pentagon. It hurts my heart anytime I hear of children dying or suffering but it hurts my heart more to know of the pain and trauma the families and friends are experiencing at this time. I would like to contribute to the families of the children and teachers if you would be so kind as to provide us with information on this accord. I am also truly sorry for the loss of two of your staff. Your magazine has always been a delight to read and your organization has contributed so much to the world. God bless the USA.—Linda Miller, Connecticut

I knew another side of Joe. I knew him from the gym. I knew him in shorts and a tee shirt attending cycling classes and I knew him from abs class too—he could do a lot of sit-ups! I was pleased after meeting him in such a way to learn that this sweet man was also my neighbor and a fellow dog lover. Through conversation, I knew that he LOVED his work. Now that I have a better understanding for what he did—he was humble in describing his impact—I'm surprised he had the time for fitness. I'm also struck by what an indelible impression he had the gift of making on so many lives in so many settings. We can learn lessons from Joe about how to approach life with grace and a steady smile, how to put people at ease through a calm and warm manner, and how to bring passion to the things we do and love. To families and many friends of Joe, Ann Judge, James Debeuneure, Rodney Dickens, Sarah Clark, Asia Cottom, Hilda Taylor and Bernard Brown: I send you my deepest sympathy. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope you find peace and healing through the warmth of memories and a love that lives on.—Karen Kimball, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

On behalf of the Delta Air Lines family, I'd like to express our deepest sympathy for the National Geographic Society's loss surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Our hearts and prayers go out to your employees, their families and your leadership team as they work together to support each other and face the challenges of this devastating chain of events. Please know that we stand ready to assist you if there is anything we can do to ease your burden during this difficult time.—Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Delta Air Lines

I was a state coordinator for the NJ Geographic Alliance until recently. In that capacity I had many conversations, both over the phone and in person, with Joe Ferguson and Ann Judge. They were both very talented, dedicated individuals, who cared about people as well as their work. They were "beautiful people." I was lucky to have known them, worked with them, and value the brief time that we spent together…They will be missed. My heart goes out to their family, friends, and all victims of this horror.—Erik Mollenhauer

My sincere condolence to the National Geographic Staff on the loss of Joe Ferguson and Ann Judge. As a teacher, I had the privilege to work with both of them twice at institutes and workshops for Geography Awareness Week. In May, 2000 Ann made sure that all of us attending the Conservation Workshop at Shepherdstown, West Virginia, got there on a very stormy, rainy day. Joe was one of the leaders of the workshop and I will never forget his enthusiasm and commitment to geography education. My prayers and thoughts are with Joe's and Ann's families at this very sad time.—Pat Gore, Missouri Geographic Alliance

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the NGS family for the loss of Ann and Joe. I was a TC at 2 Summer Institutes. It was Ann who got us all from here to there and back again and Joe's support of teachers and students made each trip exciting. Knowing a phone call to Joe would answer questions was always reassuring. My condolences to the families of the teachers and students who lost their lives along with Joe and Ann.—Kathy Callanan Babini, Massachusetts

I just returned from the memorial service in celebration of Ann's life. What an inspirational and moving experience. The near thousand people who attended this service was truly awe-inspiring. I have come home with a renewed appreciation of Life, My Country and my Friends. I am honored to have been a part of this and to have shared my life with Ann and her husband, Geoff. Ann loved her life and her career at NG and NG loved her as well, as seen by the kindness shared this past week. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this experience.—Debbie Bucher, Waterville, Ohio

Would it be possible for you to set up a scholarship fund in the name of the teacher, the kids, and names of your employees who were killed in the airplane hijacking? Disaster relief is fine, and I have given there, but I want some tangible proof that those kids did not die in vain. That their quest to learn will instead bring that opportunity to other children.—Bret Marnell

The National Geographic Society has established a fund to honor and celebrate the lives of Joe Ferguson and Ann Judge and their tireless commitment to the Society's mission of education, exploration, research, and conservation. The fund will be designated to support geography education, including continued opportunities for students and teachers to learn about and interact with the natural world. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please send a check, made out to the National Geographic Society, with a note indicating the Ferguson/Judge Fund to: National Geographic Society Development Office, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. To make a gift with a credit card please call: Lois Wood at 202-828-6684 or 1-800-373-1717 (outside Metro D.C.)

From the Pendry family in Washington we have no words. Even though it happened 6,000 miles from us you could not tell. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

The news of Joe's death was difficult for several of us "old timers" at the University of Southern Mississippi. Joe completed his undergraduate work here in the early 1980s. Even though that has been years ago, Joe was the kind of student you never forgot. He worked in the government documents department of Cook Library throughout his college days. Joe was a hard worker with a wonderfully engaging personality. We were always very proud that Joe was able to make a career of what he loved most, and Joe would visit us on occasion so we never lost track of him. Anyone whoever met Joe grieves because he touched the lives of many. Our prayers to Joe's family during this difficult time.—Kay L. Wall, Director of Public Services, the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

It is amazing how some people can leave an imprint on your heart. Joe and Ann left an imprint on mine after the 2000 Geography Awareness Week Training. I knew them through e-mails, but meeting them in person was a wonderful experience! It saddens me to lose Joe, Ann, and the others to such tragedy. The e-mails, poems, songs, and condolences on this site warms my heart. I knew the Education Outreach Program benefited my teaching and my students, but I didn't realize the overall reach to students was so profound. So many lives have been touched!! I encourage all educators to participate in the Geography Action Rivers 2001. I know Ann and Joe will be smiling down on us! God Bless,—Shelley Williams-Allen, Mississippi Geographic Alliance, Magnolia & Natchez, Mississippi

I am sending my sympathy and regret for the deaths of your two staff members. I work for the National Science Teachers Association. I work on teacher award programs, and often speak to teachers who have experienced wonderful science because of NGS and staff members like Joe and Ann. I travel three times a year, all work related. I read with a smile on my face the fact that Joe loved to travel and would do so at a moment's notice. Ann Judge also loved her work. You could see it in her face. Dedication like this is hard to find. They will be missed. To their family and friends, their memories will go on in many peoples hearts…forever.—Lori Pinson

It is September 18, and I am writing my short monthly nature column for our condominium newsletter in Loudoun County, Virginia. I am saddened again when I realize that eight of the deaths on American Airlines Flight 77 were two National Geographic staff, and three teachers and three students from the District of Columbia. The human loss, particularly of talented young people, is irreplaceable. We must not forget them.—No name provided

I just e-mailed you about Ann Judge, wondering if it was true. Now going through other pages of your web site, and seeing a picture of Ann, I realize it is the Ann Campana with whom I went to Ohio Wesleyan University. Until today, I thought I was incredibly blessed to not even have a "friend of a friend" impacted by an event so horrific, that has impacted us all, directly and indirectly. In reading many of the e-mails, I realize that Ann left as lasting an impression on them that she left on me 30 years ago. One does not forget a spirited woman like Ann. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ann's family and everyone with whom she touched throughout her too-short life. If the web-condolences are any indication, they number in the thousands. My sympathy goes out to those who never met Ann—you missed a real treat. I always had fun when I was with Ann—everyone did. She will be missed—an understatement to be sure.—Andrea Waller Sewickley, Pennsylvania

Messages Received on Tuesday, September 18:

I did not know Joe but I certainly knew Ann Judge. Ann and I first met when I was working as a tour director of TRAVCOA in the mid '90s. She was part of a group of travel professionals on a Fam trip all through South America. I was probably one of the very few who told Ann where to go and to teach her about the many countries we visited. I singled her out quickly because of her great sense of humor and her philosophy of life. Her unusually strong desire to learn all there is to learn about what is going around in the world beyond our so limited borders. Her commitment to children, particularly the underprivileged, in the many impoverished South American countries we visited was often very visible in her teary eyes. Yet she never lost her sense of reality and practicality. And there was always that compassion and a smile for all. Later, on my many trips to Washington, D.D., we often had an almost traditional cup of coffee in her small office, which was more like a cozy living room than a real office space. If it was not for the tremendous commitment to her everyday task and responsibilities all could count on, one could easily feel like visiting a living room in a home rather than an office. Ann was always a rock in the middle of often high pressures. I never saw the rock falter, she was a true professional but one with a big heart. I like to remember Ann for many things but particularly for the last time we met and she comforted me with the loss of my son who was killed in Costa Rica. She, the cozy Ann with her coffee cup always full, the photos and mementos of her trips and life around her—and an ear and a wise word for all who needed it her. Ann, you will now travel the stellar roads forever, but you will be remembered by countless for the great things you did for others. Thank you for having touched my being on this temporary base we call Earth. Bon voyage, Ann!—Hans van Lingen. Houston, Texas

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Society and the loved ones of Joe and Ann. I was profoundly saddened by their loss and that of all the victims of this tragedy. As a friend of Joe's from his graduate days at Ohio University, I have many wonderful memories of the times we shared together over the past 16 years—from our first meeting at a party in our dorm, to his taking time out of his busy schedule to attend my wedding. It is rare to find an individual with such a zest for life, a passion for his work, and a love for his fellow human beings. Joe possessed all of those qualities and more. My hope is that, in his memory, we can all live exuberantly, strive for excellence in all we undertake, and demonstrate a true caring and concern for all those we meet.—Doreen (Krackenfels) Jones

I was lucky enough to know both Joe & Ann through my brother, Charlie Regan. Charlie worked with both during his years at National Geographic and was looking forward to seeing both of them in California this weekend. Ann was always willing to help me with my "shoestring budget" travel plans and Joe loved to tell about the latest "trouble" my brother was causing on his floor! My prayers go out the families and friends of Joe and Ann as they gather this week to remember both of these extraordinary people.—Erin Regan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

My daughter Barbie met Ann and Joe during the summer of 1993 as a member of the Marco Polo crew and spent three wonderful and unforgettable weeks in Italy with them. She was in eighth grade then; today she is working on her master's degree in Spain. And even though several years have passed, the memories of Joe and Ann are still very much alive in our hearts. We are all very saddened about this tragedy, but most of all, saddened by the horrific loss of innocent lives, lives like Ann and Joe, who dedicated their time to helping and teaching others. To Ann and Joe's families, friends, and co-workers, please know that they touched the lives of many students and they were loved. May God always bless their souls and the souls of all the lives lost on September 11, 2001.—Yolanda Rivera

I sit in a cybercafe in Spain and realize that the reason I am here is in large part a credit to Joe Ferguson, Ann Judge, and Gail S. Cleere. As a participant of Project Marco Polo 1993, I was 13 when the love for travel, geography, and cultures struck me and left me dumbfounded. Now 22, studying in Spain, I am once again dumbfounded by these people, or rather, by their recent absence from our world. I remember the first day I met Joe, the plane with the Kissimmee, Florida, students was running rather late, or maybe we were, and our Lufthansa flight was being held up at Joe's request, or possible demand. What an introduction! And Ann, nothing can ever be done or said to capture her authenticity, zest for life, and the joy she gained from what she did. Gail S. Cleere put it pretty well, however, when she wrote, "If you knew Ann, visualize her taking on the United States Navy—and you may have the picture." Ironically enough, the thought of taking on the Navy leaves me feeling as helpless, incapable, and overwhelmed as does the thought that no longer will we or others have the privilege of knowing that Joe and Ann are somewhere around the world, enriching it with their every breath.—Barbara Y. Rivera, Project Marco Polo 1993, Alicante, España

Our prayers are with you at this difficult moment. We pray for all affected by this tragedy and may God welcome their soul into his kingdom. We will continue to pray for you, for the families and for America. God bless you all.We will stand proud once again. We owe it to the victims. Peace!—Ruben Quezada, St. Joseph Communications, Inc.

I was able to meet Ann and Joe this past July in Juneau, Alaska. I was an intern at the University of Alaska Southeast and worked in the housing department that housed their group. Although I was able to meet both of them, it was Ann whom I worked with the most. She was a great woman. I really enjoyed the short time I was able to spend with her and making sure our guests were accommodated. She was a strong woman with a great personality, and a great sense of life and humor; and I was under the impression she REALLY enjoyed life. Her voice and laugh were distinctive and I will never forget sitting on the floor with her in the lodge as she told us how she helped an injured woman off the West Glacier trail, three miles in. She was a strong woman and I am grateful that I was able to be graced by her presence. She will be greatly missed, as will Joe. My condolences, prayers, and thoughts to their families, friends, co-workers, and all of those who were fortunate enough to meet them. God Bless you.—Kim Testin, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

I had the extreme fortune of meeting Joe and Ann on the JASON institute in Alaska this last summer. The Alaska experience would not have been what it was without the efforts of such dedicated people. Ann and Joe were passionate about their mission to the educators and the students they would eventually guide. Their immortality lies within all the teachers who knew them and the countless number of students influenced by the educational programs which sparked the flame of curiosity that burns brightly in everyone touched by Joe and Ann. I am so sorry. My condolences to their families is heartfelt as is my condolences to the Society whose family Ann and Joe were also a part of.—Steve Arnam, Science Educator-Fellow Explorer

I was on the CNN Web site today reading the names of the victims lost in this most tragic and unspeakable act of terror on our country. I was so torn apart with grief when I learned that some of those killed were 11-year-old children. I couldn't stop the tears and I couldn't stop the pain in my heart. Being a parent myself, I could imagine but would never want to experience the pain of losing a child. My heart goes out to those parents and the families of your other employees whose lives ended so tragically. God Bless America, God Bless Us All—Mary Love

I met Ann only one time when I was conducting a sales call to her office in 1998. She had a very warm personality and was very friendly. Her office was filled with unique items she acquired via her numerous visits around the world. She was very cooperative and supportive and I felt I knew her previously. Even though we lost touch, as I left the hotel I was with, she continues to be on my mind as a sweet and kind person. God protect her in the afterlife.—Nina Timani (formerly with Loews New York Hotel, Sales Manager)

Members and staff at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society join me in sending heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of Ann Judge, Joe Ferguson and the students and teachers so tragically killed last Tuesday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you from Scotland.—David Munro Director, Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Just as I thought I could not be brought down anymore I find this. I cannot remember the news speaking of how there were teachers and students on these flights. I am once again brought even farther down when I didn't think it could happen. I hope all of these families realize they are not alone. They are all in my hearts and in my prayers. I wish them the best in carrying on with their lives because I cannot even imagine how hard that is going to be. Have faith, even if it is not in God, right now you need to find the strength in something. Think of the things that these wonderful people brought to your lives and smile about it. And just remember they are smiling back down as they know you love them. I am not a religious person…but right now I have to believe that they are all in God's arms safe and warm.—Maggie

Messages Received on Monday, September 17:

As I watched the tragic events unfold on TV, I had no idea that two people who played a major role in my teaching career were on one of the planes that was intentionally crashed into the Pentagon. Like many other teachers, my first contact with the NGS was Ann Judge. She was responsible for all of us getting to DC, so that we could participate in whatever geography program for which we had been chosen. It went beyond that though. Ann was always there, smiling and doing what she did so well—working behind the scenes, so that all of the participants could have the best and most memorable experience of their lives. In 1994, I was a participant at the Wilderness Workshop in Portland, Oregon. I'll never forget all of the many wonderful and breathtaking places we visited—all arranged by Ann. Although she was in charge of the final gathering, she graciously allowed me to make all of the arrangements for our farewell party. Fortunately for me, it was not my farewell as I was able to be on the staff of the 1996 Summer Geography Workshop in DC. I was able to get to know her even better. Later, when she found out that my wife had a brain tumor, she checked in with me from time to time to see how she was doing. Ann was able to give me comfort when my wife lost her valiant struggle to the brain tumor. Ann, I wish I could have given you comfort on that fateful day. I will miss you. My daughter, who was 10 at the time of her mother's death, wrote to her mother,"I'll meet you under the stars." Ann, we will meet you under the stars, too. Look for us. Joe Ferguson was that person whom you meet once in a lifetime. I had the privilege of working with Joe at SGI-89, Wilderness Workshop '94, and as a faculty member at the Summer Workshop in 96 . His organizational skills and his remarkable ability to develop institutes that were so intensely meaningful were but two of his many talents. I know that after participation in one of the NGS institutes organized and directed by Joe, your teaching career and your personal life would never be the same again. In my own case, my teaching career had lost meaning, probably because I had lost the focus of what was important to teach. Luckily for me—and I would like to think my students—I received a letter from Joe saying that I had been accepted into the SGI program of 1989. That one event changed my career, Through geography I could focus my lessons and provide my students with lessons that truly had significance. Joe was always there, offering advice when it was appropriate, asking your opinion, and making you feel like you developed the idea, even though he thought of it first. As busy as he was, he never forgot you. I wish I knew the number of teachers that Joe impacted directly and indirectly. We will never forget what he has done for all of the teachers who have participated in NGS workshops and institutes. Through us, those who carry on the banner of geography, his name and spirit will live on and not be forgotten. I know you are in Heaven with Ann and my wife. I will meet all of you under the stars—Hilton Hotaling, SGI-89, WOW-94, Summer Workshop-96, NYGA Board of Directors

Of course, no one needs to tell any of you how terrific Joe was. His energy and enthusiasm lit up a room when he entered. His work touched the lives of thousands of teachers and students. Though his life was cut short, he made a difference in ways that most would take many lifetimes to accomplish. The burden of your grief is shared by those of us who had the opportunity to know and work with him. The joy of his memory will comfort all of us in the future.—Denee Mattioli, NCSS Vice President

While this has all seemed too real for me from my home in Colorado, the names, ages and stories of your children was most moving. Your children have touched me today. As parents I imagine you sent them off with mixed feelings. You knew that this was the opportunity of a lifetime that could change their young lives forever in a positive way. Yet, I know you must have been apprehensive about letting them go. I wish I could hug your tears away. Those of us whose life, love and focus is to protect and to heal the environment, salute you and them. They were unique and important to our future. We have all suffered a great loss.—Laura Chapman, Raptor Education Foundation Docent, Denver, Colorado

I was shocked to hear of the misfortune that befell Ann and Joe. My condolences to NGS and their families. While attending two summer institutes in D.C., I got to know both Ann and Joe. They were both fine people and will not be forgotten by this North Dakota educator.—Bob Klemisch

As someone who coordinated the Kentucky Geographic Alliance for two years, I knew Joe Ferguson and Ann Judge well. They were great friends of education and strong forces for the improvement of geography education nationally. It is ironic that children in states with strong alliances will have increased understanding of the roots of this national tragedy as a result of the work of Ann and Joe. I send my condolences to all of the people who worked with them daily and who will miss them terribly.—Jay Roberts

Just when I thought the news from last week could not possibly get any worse, I hear of the tragic deaths of Joe Ferguson and Ann Judge. I have had the absolute privilege to know them through two NGS-sponsored teacher institutes (Workshop on Wilderness, 1994 and JASON XIII in 2001) and a number of geography conferences. Both were truly gifted and talented people with a zest for life and an outstanding professional commitment to geographic education. We all will miss you. God bless your families during this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers also go out to the Washington D.C. teachers, students, and their families as well.—Tom Pannone, Connecticut Geographic Alliance

Along with the rest of our nation, I wept for the losses America suffered on September 11th. Each passenger on the Flight 77, as with the passengers on all the hijacked flights, should be considered heroes. I cannot fathom the heartache of the families of the victims, I just hope that my words of condolence can be of some comfort. I did not know your children, parents, spouses, and friends, but I share in your loss. My prayers are with you all. I feel your loved ones are now in a safe place; enveloped in God's love. I wish for you all peace of heart and a profound wish for Peace on Earth. God Bless you all.—Anita M. Huffman

I've tried writing something that would express what Joe Ferguson meant to me, but my mind doesn't have the capacity to put into words the depth of sorrow my heart feels. Eight years ago, we met on Capitol Hill and became fast friends. I'm a lucky one because I knew Joe. I got to hear about (and meet) his Momma; I got to play with Winston (a.k.a. NuNu and Zippy), I got to travel with him; and I got to learn some of life's wonderful lessons from him. Joe helped me discover the courage within me to be who I am. He helped show me that each one of us is gifted with talents and he helped me uncover and express mine. In this past week I've shed many tears for Joe and his family. Some of those tears came with smiles while remembering a personal peace and pride Joe gave me and some with the terrible darkness of loneliness and sorrow of knowing that your friend and mentor has been taken from you. Joe sent me a birthday card on Monday, the day before he boarded Flight 77. It's sitting here unopened. It's the last physical thing I'll ever get from Joe. However, it's not the last I'll hear from him.With ending love and gratification from TLB—David Duke, Nashville, Tennessee

To the families of those whose lives were lost in this senseless act, I offer my deepest sympathy. Let us not allow this crime against all humanity to shake our faith in the potential for good deeds and mutual love and respect among members of the global human family.—David A. Padgett, Assistant Professor of Geography,Tennessee State University

We would like to express our sympathy to the National Geographic Society and the families of your team members and teachers. Ann Judge was a college roommate of a friend of ours, and we heard of many "girl outings" which Ann planned for the group. I feel I've gotten a glimpse of the wonderful person Ann was. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends of the victims of this terrible tragedy.—The Calderon family, Sandusky, Ohio

Our hearts and prayers are with all the victims of the tragic events on September 11, 2001 and everyone who loves them.—M. Snapp

I have known Joe for close to 20 years…We went to the University of Southern Mississipp together and became and remained fast friends through the years. As all of these messages I have read indicate, Joe is the epitome of a friend: caring, funny and thoughtful. Years ago, when we were both in Europe for different reasons and not together, he even managed to catch up with me in Prague and spend the evening. Even though we have lived far apart for years, every time I spoke with him, it was as if we had spoken just the day before…I always looked forward to his Christmas letter, which entailed his adventurous year of travel and work, to which he was indeed dedicated. But, there is something/someone else he was even more dedicated to: his Mother. To all who know Joe, you know this to be true. He loved his friends, his job, his life and his dog, but all will agree that his Mother was at the top. I have been so sad since learning of this, but some of the condolences/memories of Joe did make me smile, especially that list with the dancing to "The Electric Slide"…and wearing what he darn well wanted to wear…I miss him.—Lisa Bennett Rolik

I met Joe Ferguson in 1973 when we were in school together in Durant, Mississippi. Joe was a few years behind my class but he often hung around the older kids. While younger kids sometimes seem to be a pain to the older crowd, we loved having Joe around. I just remember him as being upbeat and fun to be with. He was a wonderful kid who, it seems, grew up to be a wonderful man. How tragic it is that this special life was cut short. The world was fortunate to be blessed with Joe even for such a short time. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.—Melissa Melton Bracken

I have just learned that Ann, or Annley as we called her, was on that plane. She was a college roommate and all the e-mails that I have read confirm what a fun person she was. I can still remember all the fun we had and her "Jungle Gardenia" perfume! Geoff would come to visit from his college and delight all of us. She looks the same and her spirit will remain alive in all the people that she has touched. Please e-mail me an address for Geoff and extend my sympathies to all the NG family and the Campana family.—Binney Brown Fouts, OWU 1973

I was one of two Canadians who attended National Geographic's "Workshop on Water" in San Francisco in the mid-90s and remember Joe's love of life and his laughter. He was " National Geographic" to me because he embodied the spirit of the organization and truly valued teaching and teachers. He will be greatly missed. I also knew Ann, although less well, but she made sure our travel plans were in order and that the buses would be there to take us on the next field trip. She also will be missed.

To the families, friends and colleagues of Joe and Ann know that as Canadians and friends we share your grief and pain and wish all this were not so.—Wally Diefenthaler Edmonton, Canada

My wife and I extend our deepest sympathies to all at NGS and to the families and friends of Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson. We have worked with both of these dedicated people through the years. We will always remember their senses of humor and their good deeds to others. Our lives and our teaching of geography have been enriched by knowing them both. — Linda and Glen Weatherwax, Illinois Geographic Alliance, Sterling, Illinois

I just wish to send my condolences to the families and friends of Ann and Joe. I had worked with Joe at several workshops and always found him to be a top notch professional. I participated in Project Marco Polo with Ann and found her to be a fascinating lady. They each touched the lives of many and will be truly missed.—Jeanie Robinson, Gamewell Middle School

I attended college at USM, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with Joe. We lived in the same dorm, across the hall from each other. His roommate called me today, Monday, September 17, 2001, to let me know that Joe was on one of the planes involved in Tuesday's tragedy. Shocked doesn't begin to describe my state. At this late date, I thought I had an "all clear." Everyone that I knew was safe, or so I thought. How wrong I was. Joe will be greatly missed.—Name not provided

To Mr. Gil Grosvenor, Board of Directors and Staff of National Geographic: On behalf of Orient-Express Hotels, our General Manager Stephen Creese, Executive Chef Mark Salter and all of my colleagues at The Inn at Perry Cabin, I would like to express our deepest sadness upon hearing of the untimely death of Ann Campana Judge.

In my capacity as Sales Manager, I personlly have had the pleasure in working with Ann for the past 11 years helping her set up the many meetings and events for the different departments of National Geographic that have visited us here.

Ann was one of the most professional ladies I have ever known, she was a perfectionist on every detail on behalf of National Geographic—she was a wonderful negotiator.

All of these skills she accomplished with the greatest sense of humor—we swapped many e-mails and phone calls wheeling and dealing on the rates, menus, the agendas…all with much laughter.

I shall miss hearing Ann's voice and her laughter deeply, and from all of our associates, once again we are filled with sadness at her loss.—Mandy Cooke Hawes, Conference and Catering Manager, The Inn at Perry Cabin

As a TC for NGS, I had the opportunity to work some with both Joe Ferguson and Ann Judge. Both were wonderful individuals and are missed. My prayers to their families, friends, and co-workers. It's so amazing how far reaching this tragedy has become and how tight a network we have as TCs.—Ann Zutavern, Education Technology Specialist, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

My husband first met Joe in college as he was his roommate at U.S.M. When we were married in 1985, Joe was definitely a part of our wedding. Their friendship has continued through many years and they e-mailed frequently to keep in touch. It always was a thrill to receive a post card from Joe from his many travels. We are deeply saddened by our loss of a most treasured friend. Let us all be in prayer for each other and for our country.—T. Turnage, Mississippi

I would like to send my deepest condolences to the whole NGS family on the loss of two colleagues, Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson. To their families and to the families of the students and teachers who also lost their lives, we offer our prayers, and deepest sympathy.—Marilyn Williams

I have always had the greatest respect for all those people who make the Geographic what it is, and enable it to maintain the high standards it has set for itself. I am sorry to learn of the death of some of that elite group of people. My heartfelt sympathies, and the wish that their families know peace in the realization that they have known and loved those wonderful people.—Dhar Amrita

To the President and Staff of the National Geographic Society: It was with great sadness, horror and disbelief that we watched events on the East Coast of the United States unfolding on our television screens last Tuesday evening. Our sorry was increased when we saw the story in Saturday's London Times and discovered that American airlines Flight 77 was carrying two of your staff and teachers and pupils from three schools in Washington DC. We would wish you to pass on our deepest sympathy to your staff and those related to them, as well as to the staff, teachers, pupils and parents of the three schools in Washington. This is especially sad in that it was to have been a celebration of success in geography and the opportunity of a lifetime for those students and teachers. We appreciate the shock that this must have brought to your organization too. Our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.—Jeremy Krause, President, Peter S. Fox, Acting Chief Executive, Geographical Association, United Kingdom

What a tragic loss to the Society and to teachers/students worldwide. I had the pleasure of working with Joe at ILI in 94 and he was always a teacher advocate for geographic education. He was also a member of the Texas family alliance and will be sorely missed. Ann was with us in 97 for Project Marco Polo. What an extraordinary women and she had many tales to tell from her travels. I can't tell you how sorry I am to see two lives cut short in their prime. May God bless them and you and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.—Linda Hammon, New Braunfels, Texas

My heart cries for a world forever changed, for the tremendous loss suffered by so many in the sad and angry aftermath of the heinous and horrific attack of Tuesday. Please extend my condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of NGS's Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson, as well as those of the teachers and students who accompanied them on their fatal flight. The world will not forget. May their memory be an inspiration to others in the pursuit of education, understanding, and peace among all peoples, races, and creeds around the world.—Susan Pierres

I'm a subscriber to the Italian edition of N.G. and just today I knew that two members of the N.G. family died in tragedy of September 11. I never knew Ann or Joe personally. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to their families and the families of all those who lost loved ones. I realize that my words are of little comfort at a time of great loss but my thought are with you all.—Massimo Zanoletti, Italia

I knew Ann Judge through her best friend for a decade. Though I was somebody on the periphery of her life—someone who would occasionally have dinner with her and her husband, and a beneficiary of her outstanding cheesecake baking skills—she touched my life strongly and I suspect nearly everyone that came to know her.

A consolation to the grief I now share with so many is that I know that her indomitable spirit and drive was a comfort and inspiration to those around her during the terror of that morning.

From the other side, she is drying our tears and smiling, and urging us to go on with life with the same zest that she held and inspired in others. Her life, along with Mr. Ferguson's and thousands more that were stopped short on Tuesday, are a treasure we must hold in our memories, and extend through the rest of our own lives.—Curtis Dalpra, Riverdale Park, Maryland

During my years with the magazine Ann Judge was continually seeing to everyone's comfort, arranging and rearranging their odd migrations all over the world. She was unflaggingly energetic, unflappable, unfailingly kind and warm. How many times have distraught Geographic travelers called from a socked-in airport in East Overshoe, Nowhere, to have Ann reroute them? Often the real reason they called in is to hear her calm, cheerful voice and to establish reassuring contact with home. We were not alone in the field.

She had a wonderfully open face, a great funnybone, and a good laugh. She was practical, clever, resourceful and generous with her skills to hysterical stumblers (like me) or to connoisseurs of travel (like Luis Marden or Tom Abercrombie). We knew she was personally invested in our safety and comfort. She wanted us to come back healthy and full of stories. She should have come back just like that.

A solemn list of Geographic explorers have not returned to their station. Surprisingly few, considering the risks they've run. We're now uncomfortably aware that the world we helped make smaller has become more violent, less predictable, less logical. This lack of logic is an especially keen blow to the Society which is, if anything, a monument to explaining the world in objective, sensible terms. The borders of a new wilderness are now quite close to 17th & M streets.

The last time I saw our associate editor, Joe Judge (I don't believe he and Ann were related), he was gallantly enduring liver cancer. It was at a meeting of the Geographic Discards, writers and editors and shooters who have hung up their spurs, at the Yenching Palace. We were finishing lunch, getting up to go, when Joe said (or brayed, in his cocky Irish tenor) "Well, boys, I may not be with you for the next meeting. If I'm not there, you'll know I'm on assignment." For me, it's some comfort to know that my friend Ann was—and is—on assignment.—Jan Adkins

As a student on Project Marco Polo 1996, I met the one and only Ann Judge. Constantly barefoot and always joking, Ann became an important person in my life, one who would then allow me to intern in her office years later as a college freshman. She was a pillar of strength and a role model for me as well as many others. I will never forget this woman who helped to change my life. I will miss her.—Dana Borrelli

I am one of the lucky people that was fortunate enough to have met Joe, Ann, and Hilda. I attended the Hawaii JASON Institute with the three of them. Joe was a fellow Mississippian and I was very proud of his accomplishments. It was very obvious that Joe loved his work and put his heart and soul into it. He made it possible for classroom teachers to experience the world and carry those experiences back into their classrooms. It only took a short conversation with Joe to realize that he really cared. Ann made our trip so smooth. I am sure she had to remove many obstacles to make that happen. We did many wonderful day trips during the institute and could always look around and find Ann driving up at the right time with our food and water. I sometimes worried that she was missing all the fun things, but she seemed to be proud of her role in making things happen for us. Hilda was a fellow teacher. I enjoyed getting to know her in Hawaii. Every student deserves the right to have a teacher like Hilda. I know her school and students will feel a tremendous loss that will never fully heal.—Kay Williams Magnolia, Mississippi

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