Keeping It Simple
L. Patrick Dickinson loved jaunts to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, visits to Williamsburg, Va., and trips to Las Vegas. But most of all he relished family time at home in Marlboro, N.J., sitting by the pool, relaxing on the couch while his daughter Erin, 7, fell asleep on his belly, or playing a mean game of Trivial Pursuit.
Mr. Dickinson, 35, a stockbroker on the American Stock Exchange who worked for Harvey Young Yurman, spent long days in the hectic world of futures and options trading, standing on the floor of the exchange. On Sept. 11, he was having his weekly Tuesday morning meeting at Windows on the World. With him were five colleagues from his company, including his brother-in-law, who is also missing.
With his days so frenzied, Mr. Dickinson kept it simple when he was away from work, said his wife, Linda. "It was enough for him to look at the stars at night or relax by the pool," said Mrs. Dickinson, who met her husband 18 years ago when the two worked at a five-and-dime store in Jersey City. She is expecting their second child in December.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 21, 2001.