The Creator of Surprises
William Raub loved arranging surprises for his family — a birthday party for his wife, Maureen, a surprise 10th anniversary trip to Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys, and that was just last year. "He loved planning big surprises and special gifts," Mrs. Raub said. "He really got a lot of happiness doing that."
"He liked to play with his daughter a lot, and take her with him when he did errands, and cook dinner to give me a night off," she said on the phone from her home in Saddle River, N.J., as her 6-year-old daughter prompted her, then corrected her: "He liked to make reservations at restaurants." The couple also has a 5-month-old son.
Mr. Raub, 38, an institutional stock trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, almost didn't go to work on Sept. 11, because he had a stomach bug, but decided to try putting in half a day. He thought the World Trade Center was the safest building to work in, thanks to security measures after the 1993 bombing, when he helped a flagging co-worker down 104 stories, stopping to rest with him every few flights. "That was just so Will, to always be thinking of other people," Mrs. Raub said.
"I'll never forget, on the night before our wedding, at the rehearsal dinner, he said, 'Tomorrow I'm marrying my best friend,'" she said. "That said it all."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 29, 2001.