Miami and Medieval Poems
Jeffrey Randall Smith met his wife, Ellen Bakalian, eight years ago, while on a diving vacation on Turks and Caicos Islands. Later, he taught her to hunt lobsters and she taught him to sail. She shared her love of medieval poetry; he reciprocated with an appreciation of the Hurricanes, the University of Miami football team.
He lived in Florida, she lived in New York. Hired in 1996 by Sandler O'Neill, Mr. Smith, an equity research analyst, moved to Manhattan. He loved showing friends the view from his office on the 104th floor of 2 World Trade Center.
After Mr. Smith, 36, and Ms. Bakalian were married in 1997, parenthood was the next great exploration. Daughter Margaret was born in 1998, and two years later came Charlotte. Both are November babies.
The family traveled to Europe and went camping, though perhaps their fondest memories are of summers spent sailing, swimming and canoeing at Green Pond in New Jersey. "We were going to put Maggie on skis this year and I'm still going to do it," Ms. Bakalian said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 16, 2001.