James Paul approached life like he did skiing: no stopping.
"There was no turning or swooshing ... for him, but straight down the hill," said his wife, Pat Paul, formerly of Winnetka. "He was a very dynamic, very phenomenal kind of guy."
A former Chicago trader, Paul, 58, was in a staff meeting for Chicago-based Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center's northern tower when a hijacked plane slammed into it.
On Friday, one of his daughters took Paul's medical records, dental records and hairbrush to rescue headquarters in New York to help identify him.
The Pauls lived in Winnetka for 20 years, leaving Chicago for New York in 1993. He had been a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, then worked for Dean Witter. Most recently, he served as vice president of the energy group for Carr Futures in its New York office.
"Jim spoke his mind, if he believed he was right," Pat Paul said. "He was a wonderful supporter of the people who worked for him. If he thought someone needed his help, he would go to the CEO of the company, nose to nose."
A native of northern Kentucky, Paul's two passions were his family and golf. He was known to play 45 holes in one day. The Pauls were members of the Skokie Country Club, and some of Paul's golfing buddies are establishing a memorial for him.
Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.