Bradley James Fetchet: Turning the
Focus to Others
his family and friends, Bradley James Fetchet always
seemed an odd fit for the dog-eat- dog world of Wall
Street that became his life as an equity trader for
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Quiet and reserved, Mr.
Fetchet, 24, loathed being the center of attention, even
on occasions when he deserved it. On his birthday, he
preferred that the day go unnoticed, forbidding his
mother from planning even the smallest celebration.
But no one could stop Mr. Fetchet from surprising
other people. On a whim, Mr. Fetchet would buy and set up
elaborate electronic gifts for his family or disguise
simple gifts, like CD's, in multiple boxes just to elicit
smiles. In letters and visits, thousands of people have
recounted such stories to Mr. Fetchet's mother, Mary
Fetchet, and to Brooke Stengel, the woman with whom he
had begun shopping for wedding rings.
"Brad was always focused on other people, whether he
knew you or not," Mary Fetchet said. "In his journal, he
kept this quote: `You can tell the character of man by
what he does for the man who can offer him nothing.'
That's how he lived."