Mark Alan Rein was born in Brooklyn, New York. His parents, Florence and Morris, had had another son, Bert, three years earlier. The boys grew up close friends, and it became apparent at a very early age that Mark would excel in sports. He had many friends, and was always eager to play basketball, or any other game in the local schoolyards. Academically, he did extremely well in both mathematics and science. His family was very close knit, and he saw a lot of his cousins and grandparents throughout his childhood.
In 1961, he graduated from Poly Prep, a private school in Brooklyn, and went on to attend the United States Naval Academy. There, he was a star basketball player, and was chosen to be in the Maccabian Games (the Jewish Olympics) in Israel. He was unable to attend due to Naval Academy obligations. After graduation, he served in the Navy for four years, stationed in Japan, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and California. He decided not to become a career officer, and instead went to Columbia Business School, where he earned an M.B.A. in 1971.
After graduation, he worked briefly at Kidder, Peabody, and then went on to become the Syndicate Manager of Yamaichi International in New York. In January 1976, he received an offer to join the training program at Salomon Brothers, and he worked there until the time of his death. He had risen to the position of Treasurer of the company and was also a Director.
Mark and his wife, Denny (Helman), met during the summer of 1972, and were married December 23, 1973. Weekends and summer vacations were spent in Lakeville, Connecticut, but they continued living in New York, New York. A daughter, Nicki, was born on October 2, 1976, and a son, Alex, on November 20, 1979.
Mark was very close to his family, and spent as much time as possible with his children. There were many family vacations to various ski resorts, Florida, and to Washington, where his brother, Bert lives. He always loved being very active and was an excellent tennis player, golfer, and skier. Very rarely could he be seen sitting still, unless working or watching a game on television. He was a warm, easygoing, loyal, loving man and a terrific husband and father. He died returning from a two-day business trip to Salomon's London, England, office.
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