Christian Hartwell Maltby
Trader Worked Hard For Everything He Got
December 26, 2001
With his job as a Cantor Fitzgerald currency trader, a beautiful family, and a house in the posh suburban town of Chatham, N.J., Christian Maltby, 37, seemed to have it all.
And that's exactly what he had, said close family friend Bronwyn McElroy. "Christian and his wife, Jane, were a ridiculously pretty and happy couple. And his kids were his world."
But having it all had never come easy to Maltby, McElroy said, and he never forgot to be humble about it. "Nothing was really ever handed to Christian. He worked hard for pretty much everything he got."
That's true as far back as high school, said McElroy, speaking at the request of Maltby's wife. Growing up in Douglaston, Maltby worked two jobs, lifeguarding at Jones Beach and pumping gas at a service station.
A champion swimmer, he tried out for the U.S. Olympic swim team in the backstroke, paying his own way to the trials in Florida. He didn't make it, McElroy said, but "Jane claims he was too tired from working too many jobs to be able to train."
Maltby also paid his way through Fordham University, where he was an English major, but by then he had found a more lucrative job - modeling. After being noticed at Jones Beach by a photographer, he was signed by a modeling agency and appeared on the covers of teenage romance novels and in Rolling Stone magazine.
It's an aspect of his life that Maltby was shy about, said McElroy, who had known him 11 years but did not know he was a model until his memorial service. The pictures in his portfolio "stop you in your tracks," she said. "He was an honest and noble man, and you kind of overlook that he was handsome as well."
Modeling "was a part of his life, but it wasn't what was important to him," she said. More important to him was literature - he loved to read, and could talk for hours about Shakespeare or his favorite novels.
But the real passion of Maltby's life was his family, McElroy said - his three sons, Max, 8, Morgan, 5, and Samuel, 3, and his wife. When the oldest two were babies, he worked nights at Cantor to be with them during the day, and he loved to surprise his wife with treats like a weekend at a spa.
He was also known among friends for his quiet generosity. For instance, McElroy said, he shoveled his neighbors' driveway and walkways when he knew they were held up in the city.
Two days before the terrorist attacks, Maltby had received his commission as a Sunday School teacher at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, N.J. On Sept. 25, his wife held a memorial service for him at the church.
-- Indrani Sen (Newsday)
Former Fordham Swimmer Loved Family
Oct. 26, 2001
Christian Maltby loved his family and his neighbors.
"He was the kind of guy," said family friend Jennifer Reder, "who would shovel his driveway and then come over and shovel yours."
Maltby lived in Chatham, N.J., with his wife of 10 years, Jane, and their three children -- Max, 8, Morgan, 5, and Sam, 2.
A Long Island native, Maltby graduated in 1986 with an English degree from Fordham University. He was a member of the school's swimming team.
Younger brother Jonathan said Maltby could have competed in the Olympics if not for arthritis in his back. His best times came when he swam the butterfly stroke.
Maltby, 37, worked as a foreign currency bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor in the North Tower.
For years, Maltby worked the "early-early shift," leaving home before 3