Myra Joy Aronson of Charlestown, age 50, a public relations manager for Compuware Corp. in Cambridge, died in the crash of American Airlines Flight 11 in New York City on September 11, 2001.
Ms. Aronson, a longtime Boston resident, was on her way to Palm Springs, CA, for a business conference along with her co-worker, Graham Berkeley, 37, of Boston, who was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 and also died in the attack.
Born in Elgin, IL, Ms. Aronson was raised in St. Louis. In 1971, she graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in French. She spent her junior year studying in France, where her love for the country's language and cuisine flourished. She later received a master's degree in communications at Boston University.
Over the years, she worked as a public relations consultant to many Boston companies. Ms. Aronson also taught public relations courses at Emerson College. She had worked as a public relations and alliance manager for Compuware Corp. in Cambridge since May 2000. A music fan, she served on the marketing committee for the Handel and Haydn Society, a premier period instrument orchestra and professional chorus. Family and friends described her as athletic and health-conscious, working out four or five times a week.
She leaves her mother, Evelyn, of St. Louis; a brother, Jules, of Bethesda, MD; and two sisters, Elyse Van Breedan of Clearwater, FL, and Deborah of St. Louis.
A private memorial service will be held in October.
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