A Comfortable Homebody
As a senior vice president at Euro Brokers, Keiichiro Takahashi had the résumé of a high-flying businessman: lots of travel, lots of responsibility, an office in the World Trade Center. But in reality, he was most comfortable as a homebody who loved the simple life and exuded low-key stability.
On weekends, he liked to stroll the streets of his adopted hometown, Port Washington, N.Y., with his wife, Harumi, whom he met in glee club when they were students at International Christian University in Tokyo. He liked to see science fiction movies -- anything with "Star Wars" or "Jurassic Park" in the title -- with his wife, his son, Hiroyuki, 26, and his daughter, Akiko, 19.
Mr. Takahashi, 53, enjoyed tending to his backyard garden of flowers, tomatoes and Japanese herbs and vegetables. He was such the quintessence of domestic stability and equilibrium, in fact, that after 28 years of marriage, Mrs. Takahashi said that she had never seen her husband raise his voice. He was, however, getting excited about something else: in a few years, after his daughter graduated from Tufts, he was probably going to retire, and enjoy his home life full-time.
Profile published in the NEW YORK TIMES on December 28, 2001.