Capitalism is a difficult system. As has often been said, it is one of the worst systems except when you compare it to all other available options. As someone who has chosen to make my own home in the business world, I am a fully aware of all that capitalism has to offer and where the shortcomings of the system may lie.
This was also very much true for a colleague of mine who recently passed away. The late Stephen P. Murray was someone who was totally a capitalist, committed to the system and yet fully aware of the many ways in which the system could be made far better for all concerned. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/realestate/west-village-townhouse-for-17-million.html?_r=0
It is with this knowledge that I write of him and his devotion to his work and the people that he helped served. His memory lives on in all those who he helped.
Like so many of us, Stephen Murray CCMP Capital realized that his home was in the world of capitalism. He was completely devoted to the needs of people like me who also wanted to enter this field. It was as a child that he began to become aware of how he could make this field his very own. This is why he decided to make the field of economics part of his life.
I first met him at college. We were students together in Boston. Like him, I was also eager to get on with my life and also also anxious to learn all that I could about the field of economics.
As a fellow native of the New York City area, we bonded very quickly, become friends easily because of our shared background in the field. I remember spending many hours talking with him about growing up there and how it shaped our worldview.
An Impressive Career
When Stephen Murray decided to enter the field of banking, he brought people like along for the ride. As he climbed the proverbial corporate ladder, I was with him all the way. I watched as he repeatedly got promotions and then later become a Vice President at one of the most important banks in America.
It seemed clear to me that he was in his element there, working with money and helping people to get access to working capital. I was so saddened to hear of his passage. I write in loving memory of his wonderful, caring life.