Yudh V. Jain: Finishing What He Started
Yudh V. Jain was his wife's dream. He encouraged her to buy clothes. He did the grocery shopping and showered her with flowers and greeting cards on not-so-special days. And every night, he remembered to make her a cup of tea.
Despite her husband's devotion, Sneh Jain often joked that Mr. Jain's first wife was his studies. Long after he finished his formal schooling, Mr. Jain, 54, who had doctorates in computer science and chemical engineering, continued to study and upgrade his skills. His discipline rubbed off on his two daughters and Mrs. Jain, who sometimes struggled with her accounting job. "He used to make me calm down," Mrs. Jain said. "He said nothing is difficult if you put your mind to it."
Mr. Jain was also an ethicist. He had only been at his job as a senior project manager at eSpeed Inc. for a little over a month when he decided the position was not a good fit for him. But rather than leave immediately, he decided to stay on and finish a project he had begun.
A few weeks after Sept. 11, Mrs. Jain received medicine for her migraine headaches in the mail. She was surprised because her husband usually bought it for her. "I said, `Oh my God, maybe he's hiding somewhere, and maybe he's teasing me,' " she said. But it was just Mr. Jain being Mr. Jain; he had ordered her medicine on Sept. 10.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 8, 2001.