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Memorial created 01-15-2008 by
Howard Yellen
Thor David Hesla
April 1 1962 - January 14 2008

Here we've gathered some of the letters & honors from notable persons. In addition, President Bill Clinton spoke with the family on the phone.

Letter From Ed Harbach, CEO of Bearing Point

To My BearingPoint Colleagues,

It is with deep sorrow that I write to inform you of the death of Thor Hesla, one of our team members working in Afghanistan. Thor was killed earlier today in a terrorist incident at the Serena Hotel in Kabul.  Details surrounding this sad event are still unfolding, but I wanted to inform you of this tragedy personally, and assure you that our priority at this time is the continued safety and welfare of our people in Kabul.

Thor had been working for BearingPoint in Afghanistan as a Public Relations and Communications Advisor on one of our USAID accounts. Although with us for just three months, Thor was well known to the BearingPoint family through his work from 2003 to 2006 as a subcontractor to BearingPoint in Kosovo.

Thor was known for his positive, knowledgeable and optimistic attitude. He had a great sense of humor, immensely enjoyed his interaction with his colleagues and helped keep the team in a positive, upbeat mood. Thor was devoted to his clients and to the people and institutions of Afghanistan. They, along with all of us at BearingPoint, as well as his friends and colleagues throughout the international development community, will miss him dearly.

Please keep Thor’s family, friends and all who knew and worked with him in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Sincerely, Ed


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