Robin Kaplan, Class of 1990, was born May 15, 1968, and died tragically on September 11, 2001, when the plane she was flying on, American Airlines Flight 11, was hijacked by terrorists and used to crash into the World Trade Center.
Growing up in Framingham, Mass., Robin was a happy child and loved to learn. She won the admiration of her teachers at Juniper Hills Elementary School, Cameron Middle School, Framingham North High School, and Worcester State University. Excelling in her studies, she applied and was accepted by many prestigious schools; but wanted the small, intimate setting of Worcester State University. She enrolled as a psychology major, lived in Dowden Hall and made many friends.
Robin was an extremely giving person, known as the “peacemaker” among her friends. Before and after she graduated, she worked at jobs that required interaction with people, including a job working with troubled youth, but it wasn’t until she was hired by TJX Companies that she found her niche. TJX is the world’s leading retailer of apparel and home fashions. She was a quick learner and was soon promoted from technical support to senior technical support, and later went to the Implementation Division and was promoted to senior equipment specialist. Her job took her across the country to new clothing stores to make sure that all the equipment was functioning properly before they opened. She was tall, slender and had a quiet manner, but her sweet, persuasive personality always got the job done without ruffling any feathers. Her supervisors admired the unique leadership quality that she had.
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