A Disciplined Winner
"I called him my perfect child," Eileen Lugano said of her second of five, Sean. He was the one who slept through the night, the one she never had to yell at to do his homework. Even as a small boy, he had unusual discipline. After his first swim meet, when he practically drowned, he vowed he would beat the kid who had won by the next meet. And he did.
Sean T. Lugano, who was 28, was a fierce competitor and a born winner. He was captain of the Xavier High School football team and captain of the Loyola College rugby team. He had more than 50 swimming medals. But, given a chance to try for the Olympics in swimming, he declined, his mother said; he enjoyed too many other sports.
Mr. Lugano loved a challenge. He was a snowboarder, he had parachuted, he ran the New York City Marathon. But he was also the only child who never missed the weekly Sunday dinner in the Luganos' apartment in Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan.
He was a trader with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and a partner in several bars, but he still toyed with the idea of becoming a teacher, like his mother.
"He was very, very charming, too," his sister Kristen said. "The ladies in Stuyvesant Town just adore him. Ladies in this building were just distraught about this whole thing."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 9, 2001.