Leading by Example
Barry J. McKeon and his wife, Ginnie, were high school sweethearts. They met working at a movie theater in Levittown, N.Y. -- he was an usher, she sold candy. His best friend dates back to kindergarten. "That's how he was, he was just loyal," said Tom Shannon, the kindergarten pal from 42 years ago.
Mr. McKeon, 47, was out the door at 6:30 each morning for his trip from Westchester County to Fiduciary Trust International, at the World Trade Center. When he walked back in the door, 7:30 p.m. at the earliest, if one of his four children needed help with homework, he was ready to sit down and help out.
A gifted athlete (and avid golfer), Mr. McKeon always led by example, Mr. Shannon said. "I'm totally convinced if Barry had thought of himself on Sept. 11, he'd still be alive," he said. "If he saw someone struggling, he'd be the last one out."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 28, 2001.