Dream Job, With a Smile
On Tyler Ugolyn's Web site is a handwritten note from his
grandmother: Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Today is
a gift from God!
The words resounded through the life of Mr. Ugolyn, a
23-year-old Columbia University graduate who started his dream
job last summer as a research associate with Fred Alger
Management Inc., in the World Trade Center. At 6-foot-4, he was
an accomplished athlete who played basketball for Columbia
before being injured. Not to be defined by a single thing, he
was known for a constant smile and infectious, if offbeat,
laugh. He helped start a youth basketball program in Harlem, but
was also known for his love for his 1992 GMC Typhoon (also
featured prominently on the Web site).
"He did many things diligently and with passion," said Zachary
Schiller, a friend and teammate at Columbia. "The way he ran
drills in basketball. The way he went to church every Sunday. He
did it without complaining and would sort of remind everyone
through his effort and example."