James P. O'Brien

James P. O'Brien
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He Was 'Totally Normal'


"For the seven years I've known him, we've basically done nothing but be at home together," Lisanne MacKenzie said of James P. O'Brien Jr. "There were two children in the house, babies when he moved in, and we live really modestly in a three-room apartment. We don't have a country house, he doesn't golf, he was totally normal: come home from work, hang out in the house, do nothing, watch TV, hang out with the kids on the weekend."

Their first child together, Aiden, was five weeks old on Sept. 11.

Mr. O'Brien, 33, started out in the mailroom of Cantor Fitzgerald when he was 22, but soon moved up to become a bond broker.

"He was very disciplined," she said. "He walks into the house at 6:10 on the dot, and was up every morning at the same time. He was very structured with his time."

And every evening, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., he would take the couple's Rhodesian ridgeback, Roadie, known as the Road Dog, for walks in Prospect Park, near their home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he grew up.

"The dog cried every single night, all night long, for two weeks after this happened," Ms. MacKenzie said. "The dog was very attached to him."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 16, 2001.




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