Dean P. Eberling

Dean P. Eberling
World Trade Center

Dean Eberling, 44, top-ranked analyst

Dean P. Eberling of Cranford certainly knew "the Street," having worked as an analyst at such behemoths as Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Prudential Securities and Salomon Smith Barney. Always fun-loving, however, he shifted gears on weekends and took his passion off-road.

"He was the Mountain Bike King," Amy Eberling said of her husband, a member of both the National Off-Road Bicycle Association and the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Mr. Eberling took his bike as far as Maryland and Vermont to compete in day and weekend events. He rode on Mount Snow in Vermont in August, and competed in a 24-hour mountain-biking event at Allamuchy State Park Sept. 8 and 9.

Mr. Eberling, 44, was a securities analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods with an office on the 58th floor of Two World Trade Center.

On Sept. 11, he was trapped in an elevator with a group of colleagues after their building was struck by a hijacked airliner, and he waited for two women to crawl out a crack between the car doors before making any attempt to escape himself.

His chance would never come.

As firefighters attempted to cut open the door with a chainsaw, the building collapsed.

"My kids asked why didn't he save himself?" his wife said. "That was his nature, to look out for others. He was always protective, even in high school and grammar school, and would not have done anything differently."

The Eberlings were friends in school, but did not begin dating until he was a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison and she at Seton Hall University. They married shortly after college, and have two daughters, Cori, 13, and Lauren, 10.

Mr. Eberling earned his master of business administration at Seton Hall before beginning a Wall Street career that saw him named a runner-up in the 1997 Institutional Investor survey of analysts from brokerage and asset management firms. He placed third in The Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" analyst survey for 2000.

Mr. Eberling was a prankster, his wife said.

"He would always ask me if I wanted to tease someone, and then call them up on the phone. I'm not one for pranks, and would say don't do that. But he was always the prankster."

Amy Eberling recalled having to dig her diamond engagement ring out of a box of cookies. They were married for nearly 20 years.

In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Eberling is survived by his brother, Charles, and sister, Karen Aurand, both of Cranford. A memorial service will be held Oct. 24 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield, 414 East Broad St.

Profile by Jason Jett published in THE STAR-LEDGER.

New Jersey Mountain Biker

he woods of northwest New Jersey may seem an odd setting for a memorial to a Wall Street stock analyst. But Dean P. Eberling's friends say that riding his bike through the mud was one of Mr. Eberling's true passions.

No matter how much success he had in Manhattan's world of high finance, they said, he remained a grounded New Jersey guy. He was born, raised and educated in New Jersey. He married a Jersey girl and had a house at the Jersey Shore.

"He seemed as focused and sophisticated as anybody else, but he made no pretense," said Gary Terpening, who teamed with Mr. Eberling in a 24-hour mountain bike race in Allamuchy Mountain State Park in August 2001. "He knew what he liked to do. With Dean, it was O.K. to be a kid."

In the summer of 2002, a group of fellow riders hauled a half-ton chunk of granite to a spot along a trail in Allamuchy. Beneath a likeness of Mr. Eberling bounding downhill, it reads, "Ride like Dean."

Squeezing joy out of life was one of Mr. Eberling's specialties, said his wife, Amy, who had known him since 1978 and been married to him for 19 years. An analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, he helped two women at the firm escape from an elevator in the World Trade Center minutes before he was killed. He was 44.

In his last few years, his wife said, he had been trying to spend more time with his daughters, Cori, now 15, and Lauren, who turned 10 on the day of the terrorist attack. If he was at one of their ballgames, it was no secret, his wife said. "He was a heckler."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on March 8, 2003.

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