ACTA EST FABULA
John Bentley Works
October 24, 1964 – September 11, 2001
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.
Two World Trade Center, 89th Floor
Then out spoke brave Horatius
The Captain of the Gate:
To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods.
In loving Memory from your devoted family,
Pam and Allison
Tim, Lynn, Owen and Baby Works
Tribute submitted by Pamela Works.
A Love of Books
John B. Works always had his nose in a book. Or books - he usually had three or four going at a time, said his wife, Pamela Block Works. History books. Gold books. Economics books. Philosophy books. Historical fiction. (Dorothy Dunnett and Patrick O'Brian were favorites.) "And lots of junk - 'Star Trek,' " she said.
On his bedside table are "Cryptonomicon," Neal Stephenson's novel about making and breaking codes, and Jack D. Schwager's "New Market Wizards: Conversations with America's Top Traders." Mr. Works, 36, had recently become a trader himself; in March, he rejoined the investment firm of Keefe Bruyette, where he had started his career as an analyst.
To house all those books, as well as their 3-year-old, Allison, the Workses were building a house on the site in Rowayton, Conn., where Mr. Works grew up. On weekends this summer, he would climb a ladder to the third floor, with its view of Long Island Sound. That floor was going to be his library, Mrs. Works said, "with a large porch off it, because he always wanted a widow's walk."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 30, 2001.