KEEFE TAKES ON THE BIG LEAGUE
Men can replace the wheel, the combustion engine, the propeller
but" we have to have banks", said the American banking
system's greatest cheerleader, Harry Keefe. "There's no
replacement for money lenders and money changers. Banks were arund
And when Harry Keefe talks about banking, people isten. No one has
a bad word for the firm he helped to found, Keefe, Bruyette and Woods.
"the man the mightiest bankers fear,c was the opinion of Louis
Rukeyser, when he invited Keefe on to his television show, Wall Street
Keefe is quick to acknowledge that his success also rests with his
partner Jean Bruyette (Norbert Woods died in 1972) and the team effort
at KBW. a tall New Englander with a dry sense of humour, Keefe, 64,
confounded the firm in 1962 by taking a second mortgage on his house.