The Time He Was Caught
The head of the sunfish was attached to one side of the hook. The other side of the lure was embedded in Thomas Theurkauf Jr.'s hand. His son Henry, 9, frantically rowed the boat to shore, making a few erratic circles. Mr. Theurkauf waved his hand wildly, trying to shake the fish and hook from his hand.
Mr. Theurkauf's wife, Robin, severed the fish head and rushed him to the hospital. "They successfully treated Tom," his brother Bill said at a recent memorial service. "The fish didn't make it."
But, oh, how Mr. Theurkauf loved to tell that tale of the one that would not go away.
As an analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, which had offices on the 89th floor of 2 World Trade Center, Mr. Theurkauf gave countless television and newspaper interviews. This year The Wall Street Journal named him the top banking analyst in the country. But his family and friends remember the less serious side. "He loved to make his friends and family laugh," Bill Theurkauf said. "And was more than willing to laugh at himself."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 6, 2001.
Thomas Francis Theurkauf, Jr., 44, of Stamford, perished Tuesday, (September 11, 2001) in the tragic events at the World Trade Center where he worked as Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors for Keefe, Bruyette and Woods. Tom was born and raised in Glastonbury, received his BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School. Tom leaves his beloved wife, Robin (Siegel) Theurkauf of Stamford; and their three wonderful children, Thomas Francis (Tommy), Edward Arthur (Teddy), and Charles Henry (Henry). He was the son of Helen and Thomas Theurkauf, Sr., Glastonbury; brother to William Theurkauf of Sterling, MA, sisters, Patricia Theurkauf and Barbara Theurkauf, both of Glastonbury. In addition, he leaves many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins across the United States. Tom lived for his family and friends, to plan weekends with Robin, to fish and play with his boys at every possible moment, and to entertain friends and family with love and food. Tom always had a smile on his face, and took the time to help others. He made a lasting impact on all whom he encountered. Tom will be dearly missed by his family, friends and associates. Tom Theurkauf was well known to readers in Hartford, Boston, New York and across the country for his expertise on the banking business. His opinions and reports on institutions such as FleetBoston Financial Corp and State Street Corp. were quoted frequently in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and the Hartford Courant. His knowledge reached national and international audiences too. Tom was a frequent guest on CNBC, commenting on such topics as the Asian financial crisis in 1998 and as well as recent developments in the market, with coverage spanning from New York to Tokyo. His many accomplishments include being recently named the number one bank analyst in the country by the Wall Street Journal. His memorial mass will be held Friday, September 28, 10 a.m., at St. Patrick-St. Anthony's Church, Church St., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The House of Bread, 1453 Main St., Hartford, CT 06120.
Paid Notice published in THE HARTFORD COURANT on September 23, 2001.