Honoring courage and sacrifice


Duke and DAA maintain two memorials on campus to recognize and remember alumni who perished during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and those who have given their lives in military service to the United States of America.

For the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

911 memorial

Six Duke alumni died during the attacks on New York and Washington:

  • J. Robinson Lenoir '84
  • Peter Ortale '87
  • Christopher Todd Pitman '93
  • Todd Rancke '81
  • Frederick C. Rimmele III MD'94
  • Michael Morgan Taylor '81

In their memory, Duke planted a grove of six trees in Keohane Quadrangle, and on each anniversary of the tragic event, DAA lays a wreath to remember those we lost. 

For service members who died on active duty

Veteran's Memorial

Located in the Duke Chapel Memorial Quadrangle, this memorial honors alumni who died while on active duty in the United States military. Originally dedicated as a memorial to alumni who died in service during World War II, the memorial was expanded in 2009 to include the names of those who died while on active duty since World War II, including during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the Iraq War.