Harry Taback dedicated his professional life at Marsh & McLennan to helping companies plan for disasters, and his personal life to making sure his wife, Jean, and their three daughters had everything they needed. "People around the company said if they died, they wanted to come back as one of Harry's daughters," said Cheryl Taback, the middle one, who often accompanied him to his beloved New York Giants games.
A low-key, sandy-haired chemical engineer, Mr. Taback, 56, worked on the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center. After the Sept. 11 attack, one of his colleagues solicited letters from more than 70 people who had worked with him around the world and compiled them in binders for his family. His wife died last year, and the children lived with him or nearby in Staten Island.
"A few people wrote that he was very fair and understanding, and said that your family comes before your job responsibilities," Ms. Taback said. One couple wrote that they had named their dog Harry, after her father, "because of how much he did for them."
Another letter was from a woman who had come for a job interview when she was eight months pregnant, and Mr. Taback had voted to hire her. "Many thought this crazy," she wrote. "Many thought it wonderful."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 22, 2001.