1925 - 2017
Gordon D. Rapp of Chapel Hill, NC, died on December 16, 2017 at the age of 92. He was known for his kindness, creativity, humor, wisdom, and talent as a prolific artist, photographer and writer. He was a Renaissance man of many interests, including tennis, tai chi and chess. He enjoyed museums and classical music concerts in New York City and later in Chapel Hill, NC.
He had a special loving relationship with his second wife, Faye Davis Rapp, that brought joy to the last chapter of his life. He raised his family in Forest Hills, NY and Tenafly, NJ with his wife Louise. He was a product and marketing manager with Corn Products Corporation for twenty years, with an earlier career in poultry genetics. He had a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a Masters degree from Purdue University.
His was born in Frankfurt, Germany and his family (parents, Arthur and Alice, and brother Harold) left Frankfurt in 1933. They lived in Milan, London and Brazil before arriving in Forest Hills, NY.
He is survived by his wife, daughter Michele Rapp; son Greg Rapp, his wife Bryna and grandchildren Ben and Sadie; his stepson Ian Davis, his wife Naomi, and step grandchildren Elianna, Daniella and Ezra; stepson Michael Davis, partner Corinna Nicholson, and step grandchildren Emanuelle and Arlo; sister-in-law, Sunny Rapp and niece/nephews Karen Garrison, Kenneth Rapp, Steven Rapp, and their eight children.
Published in New York Times from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2017.