Michel P. Colbert: More Than a Good
P. Colbert had the ideal résumé, the kind
that might appear in a how-to book about
résumés. A master's degree from the Wharton
School at the University of Pennsylvania. A succession of
lucrative jobs in Paris, London and Milan. Fluency in
French and Spanish. A balanced range of interests, from
photography to scuba diving.
"I have developed proprietary mathematical models for
yield curve analysis, embedded basis options," he wrote,
in the resume that helped him secure a job as a
high-level bond trader with Cantor Fitzgerald.
But did Mr. Colbert really talk like that? No. And
does his résumé completely reflect who he
was? Of course not.
Michel Colbert was, more than anything else, the only
child of Raymond and Marie Colbert. The parents were so
close to their son that all three lived in the same
apartment building in West New York, N.J., and ate dinner
together just about every other night, said Raymond
Colbert. "And weekends, of course. And holidays."
He was 39 years old. His parents are both 79. And now
time crawls. "Only child, you know?" said Raymond
Colbert. "We are 16- C; he was 18-G."