Marni Pont O'Doherty

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Focused and Looking Ahead

Marni Pont O'Doherty was so focused that while she was still in college, she opened accounts to pay for her wedding and to buy a car with cash, even though she had neither a boyfriend nor a job at the time.

At 31, Ms. O'Doherty was the optimistic baby in a family of three children. She indeed married (outside, in an off-the-shoulder gown on an unseasonably cold fall day) and landed a fabulous job. She was a senior vice president at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

She had her silly side, too, and was always the one with the funny story, said her brother and sister, Steven and Stefanie Pont. Their younger sister threw herself into a series of hobbies, from needlepoint to painting to gardening, and delighted in researching amusing information and e-mailing her findings. "From the time she was 2 and learned to talk, she never shut up," Mr. Pont said. "Personally or professionally, she'd tell you every single thing. She always made it interesting."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 27, 2001.

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