At 34, life was great for Michael Lynch, known to friends as Morty. He was always on the move — running on the shore at the Jersey beach where he lived, doing chores while carrying his year- old daughter, Caroline, in a backpack carrier, working out at a downtown Manhattan gym, dealing with corporate bonds and trusts at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center or putting his 6 feet, 8 inches on a basketball court anywhere.
He played basketball at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., and earned a degree there in business and finance. During high school and college summers, he would fly to Ireland and play in a league in Dublin, not far from his father's family.
If clients wanted to mix basketball with business, they found the right broker. At 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 11, he and a client played basketball at Chelsea Piers. At 8:33 a.m., he was on the phone with his mother making plans for a birthday party a week later for his wife, Michelle, and a nephew and a niece. Later that morning, his mother kept calling his office number. No answer.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 29, 2001.