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Alumna dies in second crash

Deborah L. Medwig, computer information systems '78, was a passenger on United Airlines flight 175, the second hijacked plane to strike the World Trade Center Sept. 11. Medwig was traveling from Boston to Los Angeles. She was 45.

Ms. Medwig was director of business solutions at NStar Services Co., Massachusetts’ largest investor-owned electric and gas utility. She and her husband, Michael Tavolarella, and their 10-year-old daughter, Cassandra, lived in Denham, Mass.

A native of North Olmstead, Ohio, Ms. Medwig worked hard and was enjoying a successful career and family life, said her mother, Betty Lou Medwig of Ohio.

Her husband also was traveling to Los Angeles on Sept. 11, but following family custom, he took a different flight.

"She always said that if anything ever happened to her, she wanted to make sure someone was around to take care of Cassandra," her mother said.