Happiest at the Helm
For all of Christopher Murphy's impressive accomplishments on land (Yale B.A., Emory J.D., William & Mary M.B.A., budding inventor), he was probably most comfortable on the water, with a smile on his face, and a Bob Marley tune pulsating on deck.
Mr. Murphy was the captain of the Yale sailing team, and he had an easygoing and egoless style that classmates still recall fondly. He raced a sailboat across the Atlantic after graduation. He also taught teenagers how to sail as a longtime instructor at a program called Sail Caribbean.
"There was something about Murph that was so comforting," said Dr. Bradford Burke Worrall, a classmate of Mr. Murphy's at Yale and Emory. "He was the sort of person you'd want at the helm of anything."
Mr. Murphy, 35, had just started working at an investment bank in New York, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, but he planned eventually to do most of his work from his new home in Easton, Md. That way, he would be closer to his wife, Catherine, and their two young daughters, Hope, 2, and Hannah, 5 months. And closer to a sailboat, too: already, Mr. Murphy had done a lot of sailing this summer with the children. Hannah was learning to sail before she could walk.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 13, 2001.