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In memoriam

To call Nicole Korczykowski talented would be an understatement.

Among her achievements:

*She was promoted to the position of director at Barclays Capital two days before her death -- the youngest director ever at the New York City investment firm.

*She was multilingual, able to pick up languages at such a rapid rate that she learned to speak Arabic at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris during her junior year.

*She was a classically trained pianist who gave a recital in her senior year at Nichols School and was encouraged by her music teacher to pursue a professional career.

*She earned a dual degree -- one in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, the other in finance from the Wharton School. She graduated with honors.

Beyond her accomplishments, Korczykowski, 29, was also a happy person, loved dearly by those close to her.

"She was a wonderful, wonderful person. She was cultured and a world traveler, but also so down to earth," said Maureen Korczykowski, Nicole's mother. "It was rare for her not to have a smile plastered on her face."

The Korczykowski family, including Lawrence, Nicole's father, and Ryan, her younger brother, received a bouquet Wednesday from professors at the University of Pennsylvania. The card read: "Nicole was the most beloved member of our Huntsman Program community, and will always be remembered for her warm wit and smarts, her joie de vivre and her compassion."

Korczykowski traveled frequently around the globe, from Switzerland to Cambodia to Amsterdam, where Johnathan Perry, her boyfriend of three years, was working.

Perry, who also died in Flight 3407, had flown in from Amsterdam and met up with Korczykowski at the Newark airport. They boarded the plane to Buffalo, where they had planned to have dinner with the Korczykowski family.

They tried to get on an earlier flight but, since it was delayed, stayed with their original plan.

-- Mark Sommer

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