“Excellence in Achievement by a Young Alumnus. This award pays tribute to Mark Bingham ’93, who died September 11, 2001, defending the United States on United Airlines Flight 93”
United Airlines Flight 93
Mark Bingham (1970-2001), the chief executive officer of The Bingham Group, a public relations firm. Tall and athletic, he started playing rugby as a teenager and continued in college at the University of California, Berkeley. Even after graduating in 1993, Bingham pursued his love of the game, joining the San Francisco Fog, a gay rugby team. Along with sports, he was interested in politics and had served as a volunteer on Senator John McCain’s 2000 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A self-made success story, Bingham founded his own company, which had offices in New York and San Francisco. It was a business trip that led Bingham to take United Airlines Flight 93. After the plane was hijacked, he called his mother, Alice Hoglan, and his aunt, Kathy, to let them know what happened and that he loved them. It is believed that Bingham participated in the effort to stop the terrorists along with several other passengers. Despite their efforts, they were unable to gain control of the plane, but they did stop the terrorists from using it as a weapon. The plane crashed outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. He has been remembered by friends and family as a hero, a leader, and a friendly, caring person.