Emeric J. "Ric" Harvey

Emeric J. Ric Harvey
World Trade Center

A Memorable Voice

As a young man, Emeric (Ric) Harvey sold truck rides to children with his friend Ray in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, where he grew up. "Come swing and sway with Rick and Ray!" he'd bellow. Eventually, that voice was heard on the trading floor of the American Stock Exchange, where he became a force as founder and president of Harvey Young Yurman Inc.

His relentless energy made him a natural leader, though at times it was hard to keep up, said his daughter Jennifer Castelano. Part of it came from having lived through some close calls: as a young man in Texas, he nearly boarded an Air Force plane that crashed, killing everyone on board. And he narrowly missed being in the World Trade Center when it was bombed in 1993. On Sept. 11, Mr. Harvey, 56, of Montclair, N.J., was at a weekly breakfast meeting at Windows on the World.

His drive and generosity remain an inspiration, a loud one. "That's how I get out of bed every morning, because I can hear him yelling, 'What are you doing lying there crying?' " said his wife, Jennifer Harvey.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 28, 2001.

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