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.

24 Comments

  1. Cathy said,

    September 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you for remembering Mike Gann, Never forget.

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  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.

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  3. September 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm

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

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  4. September 11, 2009 at 7:36 am

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  7. Obi's Sister said,

    September 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Me, too.

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  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 […]

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  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 […]

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  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 […]

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  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.

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  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!

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  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

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  14. Jeff Gann said,

    February 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Happy birthday Mike… I miss you always.

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  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 […]

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  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.

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  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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  18. September 11, 2014 at 7:02 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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  19. September 11, 2015 at 8:47 am

    […] At 7:59 am, American Airlines flight 11 departs Boston Logan bound for Los Angeles. It never made the destination. Instead, it crashed at 8:46 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At 10:28, the North Tower collapses, killing Michael Gann of Roswell. He was attending a conference and was due to return home that afternoon. Read more here. […]

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  20. September 11, 2015 at 8:47 am

    […] At 7:59 am, American Airlines flight 11 departs Boston Logan bound for Los Angeles. It never made the destination. Instead, it crashed at 8:46 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  At 10:28, the North Tower collapses, killing Michael Gann of Roswell.  He was attending a conference and was due to return home that afternoon. Read more here. […]

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  21. September 11, 2016 at 7:02 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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  22. September 11, 2018 at 6:41 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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  23. chris deen said,

    May 15, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I barely knew Mike Gann. And I only really knew who he was, because when I first set foot as a student on the campus of Georgia Tech, I stopped by the Baptist Student Union and a very attractive girl there exclaimed “You look like Mike Gann!” . Later, I barely got to know Mike – just enough to say hello as we ran into each other on the Ga. Tech campus and the BSU. What I will always remember, is that a few people became a part of my life simply because I resembled someone that obviously impacted their own lives in a positive way. Every once in a while someone on campus would wave and smile & sometimes speak & say “Oh I’m sorry, I thought you were …” and I would finish with “Mike Gann?” .

    The point I guess I’m trying to make is that even thought I barely knew Mike Gann – he still had a positive influence on my life that has stretched across the years. It was long after 9/11 that I discovered he actually lost his life in that tragic event.

    That horror of September 11, 2001 was forced upon us. I honestly do not know why this has affected me on this day in 2019 the way it has. But I can sincerely say because of it, there is now a “hard-coded marker” burned into my psyche, that has led me on a round-about journey of noticing the name of “Mike Gann” on social media. Which led me to recall those fleeting events from my past, and to discover more about the man which I only briefly knew back in college. The descriptions from his friends & the telling of anecdotes of his life leads me to this message:

    Look at how Mike Gann has influenced others & made the world a better place – even years after his own life was cut so short. I feel obligated – and thankful for the reminder – to live the rest of my life in the pursuit of finding happiness, making this world a better place. And to strive to recognize the guidance to do so from the most unexpected of places and the most unexpected of times.

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  24. September 12, 2020 at 6:31 am

    […] World Trade Center attending the last day of a conference for work on the 106th floor, according to Obi's Sister blogger Ginny Ray who wrote a tribute in 2009 as part of the 2996 Project. Gann was set to return […]

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