Don Jerome Kauth

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'Find Something You Like'

After the early deaths of his father and brother and his divorce 10 years ago, Don J. Kauth, a bank analyst, focused intently on his four children. "It made him a much better father," said Matt, the oldest.

Mr. Kauth bought a house near the children and their mother in Saratoga Springs, so they could spend weekends with him, and a camper for vacations in the Adirondacks.

"He told us, 'Find something you like to do and the money will come,' " Matt said. But he was immensely proud when Matt worked at a homeless shelter with the Jesuit Peace Corps, a job rich in everything but money. And when Kathleen, his daughter, won a place on the United States national hockey team, he was "crying, he was so overjoyed," said Winifred Kauth, his mother.

On Mondays, he rose at 3 a.m. to commute to Manhattan, where he kept an apartment and worked at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. "He'd say: 'That's where the money is,' " Mrs. Kauth said. "He was making it for his children."

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

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