When Benson Levinson died aboard Air Florida Flight 90, the family name died as well.
At 26, a test engineer at Fairchild Industries in Germantown, he was the youngest of four children, and the only boy born to Sol and Jean Levinson. Sol was the only son of noted Washington Rabbi Moshe C. Levinson, who died in July 1981.
Soon after the crash last January, Sol was escorted across police lines to the river's edge. As divers combed the sunken plane, he said Kaddish for the last of the Levinsons.
The anniversary of Benson's death weighs heavily on the minds of his family.
"I look like my brother," says Benson's sister Joy Friedberg. "I look so much like him that for a long time I couldn't look in the mirror because my face would remind me of him."
Another sister, Sandra Tannenbaum, talks freely about her brother because, "I don't want to let him go.
"You know when you go to school and there is something in a book that is extra magnificent?" she says. "You put stars by it and underline it three times so you'll always be able to refer to it. That's the kind of person my brother was."
Sandra, who lives in Plantation, Fla., remembers the spooky chill she felt a year ago when her brother called to say he was flying down. Her mother's sleep is plagued by nightmares, she says. She has dreams too, but the ones she remembers are from the time before Benson died, dreams that in hindsight seem fraught with premonitions of his death.
"I've thought a thousand times about killing myself just to see him," she says. Instead, when her first son was born in September, she named him Benson.