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Thomas More Brennan was 32 years old when he was killed in the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. He was born on December 4, 1968 to John and Anita Brennan. The middle child of five children, (siblings John, Paul, Marybeth and Michael), Tom grew up in Garden City, New York. He began his education at Saint Joseph's Grammar School and was a 1987 alumnus of Garden City High School and a 1991 alumnus of Boston College.

Upon graduation, he worked as an assistant bond trader for JPMorgan Securities in New York. He left to attend graduate school at Boston University. After earning his MBA, he returned to New York and began working for Sandler O”Neill & Partners. At the time of the terrorist attack, Tom was working on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He and his wife Jennifer had just moved into their first home with their seventeen month-old daughter, Catherine. Their son, Thomas, Jr., was born six weeks after Tom's death.

In 2003, Tom's friends and family started The Thomas M. Brennan Memorial Foundation, which provides tuition assistance at Boston College for students in need of financial aid. Tom, known to many as “Beezo”, is remembered as an affable guy who smiled effortlessly and laughed heartily. While ambitiously pursuing his career in investment banking at Sandler, Tom somehow always had time to chat (and usually did so at length). At home, he was eagerly navigating unchartered waters, assuming entirely new roles: a devoted husband, a proud father, a meticulous homeowner. The zeal and integrity with which he lived his life forever changed ours.

 

 

 

The activities or purposes of the Foundation are to operate only for religious, charitable, scientific, or educational purposes qualifying the Foundation for tax exempt status described under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.