Saturday, 11 September 2010

Project 2,996: Suresh Yanamadala

Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. lost 295 colleagues in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.  I cannot even begin to conceive the impact that losing that many employees could do to a company and I imagine that it was simply devastating.  You can visit the full MMC memorial to their lost friends and colleagues on the MMC Memorial website.

Suresh YanamadalaToday I am writing about one of those MMC colleagues as part of Project 2,996.  His name was Suresh Yanamadala and he was just 33-years-old at the time of the attacks.  He lived in Plainsboro, New Jersey and worked as a consultant at Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.  He was survived by his wife Ajitha.

Suresh was incredibly popular amongst his colleagues on account of his easy smile and friendly nature.  Tribute after tribute from his colleagues describe his good sense of humor and how people instantly liked him the moment they met him.  He was kind and gentle, according to his friend Keith and another friend Mike described how Suresh immediately made friends with all of his friends because everyone just loved him. 

Suresh Yanamadala was a remarkable man who left a deep impact on the lives of everyone who met him.  He had such a magnetic personality that work colleagues became firm friends.  There is so little information on Suresh online but I know that the reason for that is that Suresh was larger than life and that he remains very much in the hearts and minds of his friends and family and especially his wife Ajitha. 

If any of Suresh’s friends or family would like to give any further photos or share any memories, I would be happy to update this tribute on your behalf.



  1. Such a tragic loss and this tribute is beautiful.

  2. @ Poetic Shutterbug: Thank you Jo! It was quite difficult to find info on Suresh unfortunately.

  3. I worked with Suresh at Fleet Mortgage Group in Columbia South Carolina, where he was an application developer. It was sometime between 1995 & 2000 (when I was at Fleet) that I came to know Suresh.

    The one thing I will always remember was the ever present smile on his face. He was ALWAYS in a happy, jovial mood. Even when testing was not going so well or we faced other challenges - Suresh was sure to bring a smile to your face.

    It was my honor to put his name on a balloon at one of the local Memorials some years ago at Finlay Park. There was music and candles and we sent our balloons to the heavens. It was quite emotional.

    I will keep Suresh in my thoughts today, and will be sure to keep a smile on my face.

    God Bless you, Suresh - - we miss you!! :)

  4. It's 11 years since that fateful day. Suresh and I worked for 2 years next to each other in Marsh Inc. on the 96th floor of Tower 1. We quickly became good friends, went down for coffee everyday at about 8:30 am, had lunch together and worked together. A few months before 9/11, my consultancy ended there and I started working in White Plains, but I kept in touch with Suresh. On 9/11, I kept calling Suresh on his cellphone, but just got no answer; obviously I was getting a false ring. I was hoping that he would have been down in the coffe shop. When the tower came down, the horrible truth finally dawned on me.
    Till today, the wounds are there for me, I deeply mourn the loss of a wonderful friend.
    There is a tribute to him on the MMC site:

  5. @ Gary: Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing a little bit about Suresh. I am sure that the many visitors to this post will appreciate your comments.

  6. @ GP: Thank you too for visiting and for leaving your comment. I am so sorry for your loss but I know that visitors to the post will appreciate your kind comments.


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