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Sandra D. Teague

Age: 31

Hometown: Fairfax, Va., USA

Occupation: Physical therapist, Georgetown University Hospital

Location: Passenger, American Flight 77, Pentagon

Sandy's favorite possession was probably her camera, but that was on the plane with her. So this is a scrapbook she put together of some of her photographs. She bought the camera for herself about three years ago. It was a Canon Rebel. She was very studious about what kind of camera she should get, and she took a photography class at a community college right afterward. She loved to travel and anywhere she went she would take pictures. She would make notes of what settings she had used for different pictures because she was trying out all kinds of techniques. And she would often send me photos in the mail with a Post-it note saying something like 'Thought you'd enjoy these, Mom. Love, Sandy.' She was just really into living and sharing life. In a lot of ways she was like a small child, just beginning to realize what life was about and full of the fun of taking it all in.

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Sandra D. Teague, 31, couldn't wait to get on American Airlines Flight 77, the first leg of a three-week trip to Australia.

"She had been planning her trip literally all year," said an uncle, Charles Sherrill. "She was going to go rafting, trekking and rock-climbing. It was going to be her first trip abroad, her great adventure."

Early Tuesday, Teague's boyfriend, Frank Huffman, drove her to Dulles International Airport from her home in Fairfax. Then Huffman, a naval reservist on active duty, headed for a naval building overlooking the Pentagon, where about 9:40 a.m., Teague's plane came crashing down.

As news of Teague's death spread, her parents, Elaine and James Teague, and her siblings, Jennifer and Chris Teague, were inundated with calls from her many friends, including co-workers at Georgetown University Hospital, where Teague worked as a physical therapist.

They described Teague as a warm, witty, vivacious and athletic woman. She moved to the Washington area last year from Des Moines, where she received her master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 1998.

Although Teague and Huffman were not engaged, friends and family said they were moving quickly in that direction. And at the hospital, Teague was considered "an excellent clinician and a rising star," said Meris Chang, director of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

"Everything was just beginning for her," Chang said. "It's a tremendous, tremendous loss."

-- Nurith C. Aizenman and Linda Wheeler

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Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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