Fund Named for Saracini, March 23, 2005

By George Zamora


SOCORRO – A memorial scholarship fund in honor of the late Victor J. Saracini has been established at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. Saracini, a 1976 graduate of New Mexico Tech, was the captain of United Airlines flight 175, which was overtaken by terrorist hijackers on September 11, 2001, and crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The Victor J. Saracini Memorial Scholarship was established mainly through the efforts and donations of a group of Saracini’s friends and former Tech classmates, in particular R. Thomas Dillon, Geza L. Keller, and Gary W. Schwede.

After Saracini graduated with a bachelor of general studies from New Mexico Tech, he went on to serve his country as a U.S. Navy pilot. After his military service, he became a commercial pilot and worked for 16 years with United Airlines.

Saracini, who resided in Lower Makefield, N.J., was survived by his wife, Ellen, and two children, Kirsten and Brielle.

Contributions to the Victor J. Saracini Memorial Scholarship Endowment can be made by contacting the New Mexico Tech Advancement Office at 505.835.5525.