MICHAEL J. CAHILL: The Renaissance
J. Cahill had been a cross-country runner in high school
20 years ago and at 37, he was still running. Last May he
came in third &emdash; behind two teenagers &emdash; in a
field of 100 in the annual five-mile race in East
Williston, N.Y., where he lived. (His wife, Colleen,
walked it with the kids, Conor, 5, and Fiona, 2, in a
double stroller.) It was typical. Mr. Cahill was good at
almost everything he did.
That is why Marsh & McLennan, where he had worked
for seven years and was a senior vice president and
claims attorney on the 99th floor of Tower 1, promoted
him posthumously to managing director.
That is why St. John's University Law School, from
which he graduated in 1991, is giving him its Dean's
Award on Dec. 1.
That is why neighbors in East Williston, where he
joined Halloween parades, Christmas tree lightings and
other doings, will put up a bench and plaque in his name
on the village green, and why 1,000 friends attended a
memorial Mass at St. Aidan's Roman Catholic Church in
Williston Park on Oct. 1.
And that is why his children, with whom he shared
music, sports and trips to the beach, and Colleen, who
met him at a Hamptons share house in 1990 and adored his
wit and honesty, will miss him.