Richard D. Kaplan. Architect AIA. May 11, 1933-January 21, 2016. Richard D. Kaplan of New York and Palm Beach died peacefully on January 21, 2016 after a brief illness. He was 82 years old. Richard D. Kaplan was an architect and Senior Trustee of the J.M.Kaplan Fund, a private New York based foundation noted for its commitment to pioneering projects in urban affairs and the environment. He was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Amongst other architectural projects he designed the American Place Theater and Chatham Towers, an innovative landmarked apartment building. In 1994, Richard Kaplan founded Heritage Trails, New York, a not-for-profit organization to increase public awareness of Downtown New York and the history, architecture and attractions of Lower Manhattan. He served on the board of the Skyscraper Museum, the Forum for Urban Design and the Regional Plan Association. Mr. Kaplan has received the City Club of New York's Albert S. Bard Award for Merit in Civic Architecture and Urban Design; the George S. Lewis Award from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His interests included photography, unusual inventions, and the development of stem cell research. He also invented RickoShay (an original version of the game of Bocce) which he played with verve and vigor at his Palm Beach home. Richard was the son of Jacob M. Kaplan and Alice Manheim. He is survived by his sisters: Joan K. Davidson, Elizabeth K. Fonseca, Mary Kaplan; by his stepsons: Mark P. Dixon, Hugo D. Dixon and step-granddaughter, Atalandi M. Dixon. He is also survived by his wife of 30 years, sculptor Edwina Sandys. A memorial will be held in New York City in the Spring.
Published in New York Times on Jan. 26, 2016.