This past fall marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Among the many victims of that tragedy was Arlene Fried ’93, vice president and assistant general counsel at Cantor Fitzgerald who was working on the 104th floor of the north tower when the building was struck by American Airlines Flight 11.
The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Fried earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1974, graduating summa cum laude, and later completed her master’s degree in audiology at Adelphi University. She and her husband, Kenneth, settled in Long Island, where they raised their daughters Danya, Allison, and Emily.
With the support of her family, Fried embarked on her legal career at the age of 37, when she decided to attend law school. After securing a place in numerous prestigious institutions with an LSAT score that was one point shy of perfection, she enrolled at Columbia Law School, where she served as a research editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems.
After graduating from the Law School in 1993, Fried worked for several years at Fulbright & Jaworski before joining the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald in 1997. During her time at the company, Fried rose to senior management status and worked on multimillion-dollar IPOs during the Internet boom, including public financing for eSpeed, Cantor Fitzgerald’s electronic trading subsidiary.
Fried’s family noted how she deftly balanced a frenetic work schedule with an equally busy home life.
“Despite these greater demands, no school meeting was missed, no after-school activity went unattended, no friends were ever forgotten, and no emotional needs of her family were ignored,” recalled Emily Fried, who was 16 years old at the time of her mother’s passing.
Always one to lend a hand to others, Fried was helping out a family friend on the morning of September 11, 2011. Four minutes before the plane struck the tower just a few stories below her office, she left a message with the young lawyer who had sought her advice on finding a job.
As part of the 10-year commemoration of the September 11 attacks, the village of East Hills, N.Y.—where Fried resided and actively served on the village building committee—renamed a local park in her honor.
Fried is survived by her husband of 28 years, their three daughters, and two grandchildren.