David S. Berry: A High Form of
S. Berry's three sons, Nile, 9, Reed, 7, and Alex, 5,
have clear memories of basking in their father's full
attention. When it was raining recently, Alex pointed to
the water running down the gutters in Park Slope,
Brooklyn, where the family lives, and said to his mother,
Paula Berry, "Remember when we came home from the play
and Daddy made those boats and floated them down the
On another rainy day, Mr. Berry, 43, the director of
research at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, was playing with
the boys at the family's summer house.
"It was raining stunningly hard, and all the kids, of
course, were running around the house naked," Mrs. Berry
said. "David was running with them. Water was just coming
down in buckets, and they remembered how it was coming
down the gutter, like a faucet. David was putting his
head into the gutter."
"In playing with the children, there was no
distraction," she said. "He was nowhere but right there
in the moment, right there. He knew where to put his
energy, and that's a form of wisdom."
"It was so elegant for him, like a fine math proof,
simple and just right there, and very clear."