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Terence M. Lynch

Age: 49

Hometown: Alexandria, Va., USA

Occupation: Consultant, Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc.

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"We went [to the Hall of Fame] last August, just before he was killed. He couldn't wait to get on the road. He was like a little kid, he was so excited. We grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates was his idol. It was 100 degrees in the shade and there we were, watching Bill Mazeroski get inducted. I am so happy we were able to send him to the induction. He did so much for us, and looking back, I'm glad we could do something for him that he always wanted to do before he died." Jackie Lynch, wife

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Terence Michael Lynch, 49, was one of three consultants from Booz, Allen & Hamilton believed to have been killed Tuesday during a meeting at the Pentagon.

Born the son of a steel-factory administrator in Youngstown, Ohio, Lynch graduated from Ursuline High School there and received bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Youngstown State University, where he met his wife, Jacqueline. They married in 1977.

Lynch became a congressional aide, working for Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, then a Democrat, from 1983 to 1995. After Shelby switched parties, Lynch went to work for the Senate Intelligence Committee and then for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

He worked on commissions on weapons of mass destruction and Gulf War syndrome. He joined Booz, Allen two years ago.

As an aide to Shelby, Lynch helped draft legislation establishing a National Institutes of Health research program on juvenile rheumatic diseases. He coached both of his daughters -- Tiffany Marie, now 22, and Ashley Nicole, now 20 -- in T-ball and softball.

"He was extremely caring and gentle," Jacqueline Lynch said. "He had a lot of patience. . . . He was extremely modest, just a great guy, and anybody you talk to will tell you that. I just lost my best friend."

-- Sewell Chan

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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