Carlos Dominguez

Carlos Dominguez
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Deeply Shared Values

There was always enough room for a Christmas tree and a menorah in the Dominguez living room in December. The holidays reflected a commitment that Carlos Dominguez and his wife, Maureen, made to each other in 1991 — a wedding ceremony presided over by both a priest and a rabbi, and with the blessings of both families. "When you got down to it," Mrs. Dominguez said, "our values were the same."

Mr. Dominguez, 34, was born in Little Italy, the second son of Cuban immigrants. He was the first in his family to go to college, attending New York University. "He was just a very kind, caring person," Mrs. Dominguez said. During their courtship, the two volunteered in soup kitchens on the Bowery. After marrying, they converted their public service commitment into parenthood, with three daughters: Maria, 10, Amanda, 6, and Michelle, 20 months.

He was an independent contractor for Marsh & McLennan for three years, setting up firewalls for their computers. In 2000, the family moved from Brooklyn to a house in East Meadow, N.Y., and bought a second car. Things were looking up: Marsh made him a permanent employee on Sept. 10.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 10, 2002.

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