Ball Carrier on Wall Street
The booming voice, competitiveness and self-assurance that helped Eric Thorpe become the star quarterback of his undefeated high school football team in Wilbraham, Mass., served him well on Wall Street. Mr. Thorpe, 35, known as Rick, was one of the top salesmen at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.
But Mr. Thorpe kept business success in perspective. He helped run a soup kitchen during college, served as a Big Brother and participated in Hands Together, an anti- poverty program in Haiti. Having grown up in a close family — he referred to his father, Raymond, as his best friend and called him nearly every day — Mr. Thorpe was thrilled when his wife, Linda, gave birth to their daughter, Alexis, last year.
Through it all coursed a nonstop sense of humor. Not even Mr. Thorpe's parents escaped his fondness for nicknames, and he enjoyed initiating phone calls with a disguised voice. "He teased everyone, including me," said Thomas Michaud, Mr. Thorpe's boss.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 2, 2001.