A Buyout and a Fateful Day
For 15 years, Donald Joseph Tuzio worked for Bear Stearns as a systems programmer. He liked the work and he liked his colleagues. He would go to Yankee games with co-workers and he managed the office softball and soccer teams. "He enjoyed that kind of stuff," said his wife, Rosemary Tuzio. "And he always had to run a party at the end."
Last summer, for the first time in a decade, Mr. Tuzio, who was 51 and lived in Goshen, N.Y., did not manage the softball team. He was leaving the firm. He had escaped layoffs in March, but feared he might not be so fortunate. He took a buyout in June. "He not only liked the extracurricular activities, he really liked his job," Mrs. Tuzio said. "A lot of people did not have that luxury. He thought he was going to retire from there. He just belonged there."
His last day was July 31. Then he took a short vacation to Niagara Falls with his wife and daughter and his sister and her family. He also began to send out his resume, but did not plan to start a serious search until after a job-hunting workshop that was part of his buyout package. It started Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 26, 2001.