Patrick T. Dwyer "Paddy-D"
Occupation:Cantor Fitzgerald | Sr. V.P. of EquitiesReflections:Patrick Dwyer Memorial Scholarship FundBiography:
The oak bar at the steakhouse Smith & Wollensky stands between two groups of people: the Wall Street customers who earn millions making their clients rich and the servers who earn a lot less, but remember their clients by name. Patrick Dwyer '86 Bus, a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, was the rare person at home with people on either side of the bar. A few days after Sept. 11, Dwyer's wife received a call from the restaurant's bartender, who explained that Dwyer, 37, had invited him to play with Cantor's clients at a company golf outing. "He made me feel like a million bucks," the bartender told JoAnn Dwyer. The story didn't surprise JoAnn, who describes her husband as someone who was more comfortable in a wrinkled sweatshirt than a pressed Hugo Boss suit. "No matter how successful he got," she says, "he still had this innocence about him -- he never got cocky."
Patrick Dwyer, once a backup kicker for the Nittany Lion football team, planned to bring the couple's 5-year-old son, Brendan, to his first Penn State game this season. But JoAnn Dwyer is certain her son will still grow up with his father's influence. In November, Brendan's art teacher taught his class how to make personalized stationery. Brendan's creation included football fields with little goalposts.