New York Times Portraits of Grief

Robert P. Devitt Jr.

At Kutztown University in Pennsylvania people may not have heard of Robert P. Devitt Jr., but everybody knew Psycho. Rugby player and life of the party, Mr. Devitt had been known to go so far as to eat goldfish and drink beer out of his shoes to keep revelers entertained. "There was nothing he would not do to keep a party going," said his brother, Timothy Devitt.

Although rugby took a back seat to golf after he left college, Mr. Devitt, 36, was always adventurous — skydiving, motorcycling and kayaking. He liked to quote his father, who would say, "If you want to learn how to play poker, play it for money."

And that's how he lived his life, whether it was cooking for friends, hitting the links or working as project manager for Cantor Fitzgerald with an office on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center. He commuted three hours a day, said his fiancée, Nicole LeMaster. "There was nowhere else he would rather be."