Wednesday, September 09, 2009


I am honored to be a part of his project again. Please be sure to visit Project 2,996 to read about so many others that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.


Barbara K. Olson, 45, was on board American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the Pentagon after being hijacked on September 11, 2001.

The Washington Post refers to Olson in her tribute as “a well-known conservative legal analyst, died fiercely determined, with her wits about her.

As Olson's Los Angeles-bound jetliner hurtled instead toward the Pentagon, Olson speed-dialed her husband, U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, and told him how terrorists had taken over the plane.

They would be the last words he would hear from his wife, an author, former congressional lawyer and criminal prosecutor whose sharp commentary made her a frequent guest on "Larry King Live" and other television talk shows over the last three years.”

Barbara Kay Bracher Olson was born on Dec. 27, 1955, in Houston. Originally trained to be a teacher at the University of St. Thomas she decided to become a lawyer. When she saved enough money to go to law school, she moved to New York to attend the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University where she graduated. She became a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington. Olson was the chief investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee in 1995 and 1996. Recently, she had been with the law firm of Balch & Bingham, affiliated with the lobbying firm of Barbour, Griffith & Rogers. She also wrote "Hell to Pay" (Regnery, 1999), a highly critical book about Mrs. Clinton, and had finished a sequel, "Final Days," about the Clintons' last weeks in the White House.

Barbara leaves behind her brother, David Bracher, and her sister, Antoinette Lawrence, both of Houston, as well as her husband Ted Olson.

We will remember you.

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