Scott Rohner

Scott Rohner
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A Dream Life Cut Short

He played Prince Charming when his fourth-grade class staged "Cinderella," and Scott W. Rohner led a charmed life until his death at 22, just two paychecks into what, had he been given more time to shine as a foreign exchange trader, might have become a dream job at Cantor Fitzgerald.

"He lived an exceptional life and died an exceptional death," said his mother, Kathy Rohner of River Edge, N.J., where busy Route 17 was briefly closed the day of his funeral to accommodate the stream of mourners. Mr. Rohner had countless buddies.

After scoring a job on his first interview after graduating from Hobart College, Mr. Rohner had just bought a cellphone, acquired his own credit card and moved to Hoboken rent-free, house-sitting for his uncle. He was already hobnobbing with Cantor clients, but with a twist: instead of heading out for martinis, they hit the court for three- on-three basketball. A natural athlete, he was captain of his football and basketball teams at River Dell High School, which plans to retire his jersey.

Golf was another game that came easily; he took it up as a teenager at Ridgewood Country Club, where he worked as a caddie and locker room attendant. There was a single plot left in the cemetery abutting the fourth fairway: the club deemed it Mr. Rohner's.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 5, 2001.

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