John Armand Reo

World Trade Center

Striking Out on His Own

Twenty-eight-year-old John Reo was just about to strike out on his own. He had recently started a job as a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald and he was scheduled to move into an apartment in the East Village this month. "He was so excited," said his brother-in-law, Richard McGuire. "It was his first important job."

But he was most excited about working alongside another brother-in-law, John Swaine, a veteran of Wall Street who got him the job on the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center, Mr. McGuire said. Mr. Reo, of Troy, N.Y., was living temporarily in Larchmont with his sister Suzanne, who was married to Mr. Swaine. He also died in the attack on the trade center.

"He looked up to Swaine because he had been there for so long," Mr. McGuire said. "He really wanted to make him proud."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 8, 2001.

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