Chris Taggart/Columbia University
March 1, 2006
The Brooklyn-born Ruzika retired in 2011 from a career at Goldman Sachs. He was planning to start a hedge fund, Dublin Hill Capital, with two other partners at the time of his death. He began at Goldman Sachs in 1982. He was a silver and gold trader and was named managing director in 1996 and partner in 1998. In 2007, he was named head of Global Special Situations Group and remained there in 2011. He was an active alumnus of Columbia University, where he earned his degree in economics, graduating in 1981. He played football at Columbia and, briefly, for the Dallas Cowboys following his graduation but left after training camp. Ruzika died of complications from a stroke he suffered in April 2012, three days after knee surgery. He had been married for nearly three decades and had two children.