Soothing Came Easy
Tragedy — the death of his mother when he was 12 — was not what made James Gadiel, 23, an assistant trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, so sensitive to others.
He just seems to have always been that way.
When he was seven and, at the time, the largest boy in the class, Jamie Gadiel would pal around with the smallest boy in the class.
One day, the short kid slugged his big, best friend. The slugger's mother explained that it was the first time her son had ever felt emboldened to hit someone. And her son knew that Jamie was a safe target, because Jamie would never dream of hitting someone smaller than he.
Mr. Gadiel was the solicitous middle child, soothing his siblings. When his father, Peter, remarried, the boy bonded eagerly with his new siblings and their mother, Jan.
Although Mr. Gadiel came across as subdued, when he was with friends — male and female alike — he unleashed a dry, rip- snorting humor and a stubborn delight in debate.
He was politically conservative. His best buddy, Matt Schullery, is anything but. Genial Mr. Gadiel didn't mind.
He believed most differences could be set aside during a Saturday afternoon, watching a game together, hot dog in one hand, beer in the other.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on March 10, 2002.