Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau
Reason for travel: business
It was Marion R. Britton's knack for engaging strangers in conversation that launched her 21-year career with the U.S. Census Bureau. As a census enumerator, she sometimes encountered families in need and returned after-hours to deliver food and clothing to them. Colleagues and family remember Britton's generosity, her frankness, and her dedication to the Bureau. On September 11, Britton, 53, of Brooklyn, New York, now the Assistant Regional Director of the New York office, was flying with co-worker Waleska Martinez to attend a conference in San Francisco. During the hijacking, Britton phoned a longtime friend and tearfully told him it felt like her plane was turning and was going to crash. Marion is survived by a brother.