Historical Notes Born in Buffalo, New York, Michael Packer lived in Hartsdale with his wife, Rekha, and their two school-age children. A lover of classical Greek literature, Michael took the family on vacation to the Aegean Islands in 2001. Michael worked as a managing director at Merrill Lynch. On September 11, he was the keynote speaker at a technology conference on the North Tower’s 106th floor. He was 45 years old.