Scholarship honors Memphian lost in 9/11 attack

(WMC-TV) - A premier network of Memphis IT leaders lost a member of their society in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Gary Lasko was in one of the twin towers on a conference call with his Memphis colleagues when the first plane struck his building.
The call was dropped and Lasko is still listed as missing but never forgotten.
"His loss was felt very much in our organization and we said what can we do? The scholarship is what we came up with" said Society of Information Management member Jana Markowitz.
Gary Lasko was a Memphian who commuted to his World Trade Center office each week as a corporate director for the insurance company Marsh & McLennan.
"My daughter told me that someone at her school, St. Mary's, had lost a parent and I asked who and she said Lasko" said Markowitz.
Lasko served on the advisory board for the University of Memphis MIS department and created a student internship program for his company.
"He was also brilliant, he was well educated, and he was certainly a leader in our IT community" added Markowitz.
On the second anniversary of his death, the SIM organization established a scholarship with the University of Memphis in memory Gary Lasko.
The Gary Lasko Memorial Scholarship is awarded to full time students with at least 85 credit hours majoring in Management Information Systems.
Jeffrey M. Cox of  Bartlett, Tennessee was the first recipient of the Lasko scholarship awarded on September 11, 2003.
Markowitz, a co-founder of the scholarship, says SIM hopes recipients benefit greatly in Lasko's memory
Gary's wife Kim Lasko established the Gary Lasko Fund in 2002 at St. Mary's Episcopal School For Girls where their daughter Elise graduated in 2009.
Gifts to the fund should be addressed to:
Lasko Scholarship Committee
Department of Management Information Systems
Fogelman College of Business and Economics
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-3120

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