Claude Michael Gann – 2996 Tribute

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Mike Gann was 41 and recently happily remarried when he went to the Risk Waters conference at Windows on the World. He and his wife, Robin, had taken an “elopement” with their kids to the beach and then DisneyWorld just a few months before, but were still waiting to take their real honeymoon.

C. Michael Gann, IM 85, of Roswell, was Atlanta’s first reported casualty. He was at a conference on the 106th floor of the first tower struck. He called his wife, Robin, twice — to tell her what had happened and then to say goodbye; smoke was everywhere and he didn’t think he would make it.

He volunteered to attend the conference, because other Algorithmics employees could not attend. The conference was scheduled to end that day and Mike would have headed home.

Mike grew up in Smyrna, Georgia and attended Wills High School. After graduating from Georgia Tech, IM ’85, he pursued a master’s degree in finance and marketing from Mercer University. He loved his family, his church and his Lord.

Ed Bolduc, director of music ministry for St. Ann’s Life Teen program:

“He was one of the most humble and sincere guys I have ever met in my life,” he said. “As a music minister I truly believe that you don’t just play music, but you pray music. He was a shining example of that. It was really inspiring.”

A former worship leader himself, Mike loved to share his gift:

In the 80s at Atlanta Vineyard I was spoiled to feeling this almost every Sunday when the late Mike Gann led us in worshiping the Lord. He was definitely someone cut in David’s mold. But since that time I’ve found it very rare to be in the presence of a worship leader who knows how to lead people into the “presence of God.”

The city of Roswell has dedicated a plaque in memory of Mike and the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Mike Gann Memorial in Roswell Park

The Mike Gann Memorial in Roswell Park

His memory lives on.

See Project 2996 for more tributes to those we will never forget.

Many thanks to JustKeith.com, the New York Times 1, the New York Times 2, GTAlumni.org 1, GTAlumni.org 2, the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Endy9Blog.LifeWithChrist.org.

Michelle remembers John Chada.
Fausta remembers Joe Angelini, Jr.
Jimmie remembers Kui Fai “Raymond” Kwok.
Ed remembers Cesar Garcia.
Risa remembers Ronald John Hemenway.
Alicia remembers Christopher Paul Slattery.
Smitty remembers LCDR Robert Randolph Elseth.
Carol remembers Margaret L. Benson, Emerita “Emy” de la Pena, Harry Glenn, Jonathan Lee Ielpi, Howard Lee Kane, Debbie Mannetta, Amy O’Doherty, Michael A. Parkes, Ricardo Quinn, Faina Rapoport, Timothy E. Reilly, Jacquelyn P. Sanchez, Keiichiro Takahashi, Tyler Ugolyn, Celeste Torres Victoria, Mary Alice Wahlstrom, Elkin Yuen, Abraham J. “Abe” Zelmanowitz, and Arthur Joseph Jones III.
Jesse remembers Ann Nicole Nelson.
Melissa remembers Angela Susan Perez.

Elizabeth, Jim, Jane, Pam, Laurie, Carol, Melissa, Allahpundit, Dan, Sarah, Donald, Lorie; we all remember.

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17 Comments

  1. Cathy said,

    September 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you for remembering Mike Gann, Never forget.

  2. Risa said,

    September 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    So many stories, so many families grieving…
    Read about Ronald John Hemenway who died at the Pentagon that day:
    here at my blog.

  3. September 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    You’re an awesome lady, Obi’s Sister!

  4. September 11, 2009 at 7:36 am

    [...] Obi’s Sister remembers Claude Michael Gann. [...]

  5. Alicia said,

    September 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Very nicely done. I can only read a few of these stories at a time. I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

  6. September 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I’m emotionally exhausted from all the pain of this. I can only imagine the grief of the families involved.

  7. Obi's Sister said,

    September 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Me, too.

  8. September 10, 2010 at 3:54 am

    [...] 10, 2010 at 3:52 am (Never Forget, Peach State, The 2996 Project) Reposting this tribute from last year. This 9/11 I will be out of pocket, celebrating the estimable Obi’s birthday [...]

  9. May 3, 2011 at 8:22 am

    [...] Patch contacted me about the Michael Gann tribute I’d written in 2009 as part of the 2996 Project. Christine Foster’s article is a sweet [...]

  10. September 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    [...] Michael Gann of Roswell, whose tribute you can find here. Mike was recently remarried and attending a conference at Windows on the [...]

  11. David said,

    September 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

    You are always in my thoughts. There was so much left undone and unsaid. See you on the other side.

  12. Bill Bryan said,

    September 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Mike and I knew each other from GT. He and I had similar visions when I started the Entrepreneur’s Club. I saw him again on planes to NY where we both had business. I wish I had gotten to know him better. I grieve with his family and friends on this tenth anniversary of his passing. God bless the memory of Claude Michael Gann and God Bless America!

  13. velescu dan said,

    September 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    MIKE GANN.REST YOUR SOUL IN PEACE.BEST LANDLORD I EVER HAD.WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THIS TRAGEGY MY AND MY FAMILY WHERE CRYING. MIKE FOR ME WAS AN EXAMPLE .THE BEST MAN I EVER SEE.. KATIA .I HAVE A PICTURE WHITH YOU WHEN YOR DAD COME TO SEE HIS PROPERTY WHERE I WAS LIVING WITH MY FAMILY.YOU ONLY BEEN 4 YEARS OLD.YOUR FHATER WAS MY INSPIREATION AND THE GREATEST MAN I EVER, EVER KNOWN.IF YOU WANT THAT PICTURE CALL ME 6783570428

  14. Jeff Gann said,

    February 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Happy birthday Mike… I miss you always.

  15. September 11, 2012 at 7:12 am

    [...] Michael Gann of Roswell, whose tribute you can find here. Mike was recently remarried and attending a conference at Windows on the [...]

  16. David Gann said,

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    We knew each other for seconds and I will miss you for a lifetime. See you on the other side Mike.

  17. September 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

    […] Michael Gann of Roswell, whose tribute you can find here. Mike was recently remarried and attending a conference at Windows on the […]


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