When Louis Steven Inghilterra's colleagues at Fiduciary Trust first met him, they were impressed, and a bit intimidated. "They said, `He seemed so buttoned-up!' " recalled Diane, his wife of five years. "His reports were so precise!"
But when they got to know him, they discovered another side — a man who had been playing guitar and bass with a rock band for 30 years, on stage and, more recently, with friends at his home, and who idolized Frank Zappa.
Mr. Inghilterra himself could not decide which of his personas to devote his heart to — the loose-and-wild rock musician or the 45-year-old snap-tight organized treasurer of Fiduciary. "He was torn," said Mrs. Inghilterra. "He'd made it — a kid from Brooklyn and Queens College, up there with boys from Yale and Harvard." His success made him proud and provided security, she said, but sometimes he talked of giving it up, of starting his own business.
Meanwhile, he collected guitars and records and took joy in 2-year-old Sam — who, Mrs. Inghilterra said, shows every sign, too, of being precisely organized and wild and rocking. "Sam would stand in front of the stage when Louis was playing and working his way around, watching every instrument," she said. "He liked playing the drums. But when he knew it was time for Daddy to come home, he would get out all his blocks and color-code them."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on Sunday, March 31, 2002.