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KAPLAN--Richard D.

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.

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Published in New York Times on Jan. 26, 2016.
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February 23, 2016
Dearest Edwinna, I was so sorry to learn of Richard's passing. The world has lost a true Renaissance man. What wonderful memories I have, and will cherish. Now he's with Alice and Jack, and heaven is lined with a beautiful collection of art. Until we all meet again, my love and condolences, Edwinna, Joan, Mary and family.
Marla Rhodes,
New York
Marla Rhodes
February 23, 2016
You will deeply be missed by me I looked forward to our walks around the store together and your warming smile It was my greatest pleasure to have known you My deepest sympathies are extended to Edwina and family
Lynda Carter
February 12, 2016
Dear Edwina, I was stunned to hear the news today of Richard's passing. It brought back many memories of his lively personality, he bright smile, and his great taste in pocket silks. I was always happy when I saw him (you too!) at a party and now feel terrible about your loss. I send you and yours my sincerest condolences. You and he are in my prayers. John.
John Shannon
February 2, 2016
Dear Edwina and to all Richard's Beloved sisters and family:
heartfelt sorrow and many appreciations.. Richard is a wise and sassy soul now adventuring in beautiful unknown realms..
Blessings on his journey..
LiLi Townsend
February 2, 2016
Thank you, Richard, for epitomizing joie de vivre and for your many and great contributions to the world. My deepest condolences to Edwina.
Timothy Riley
January 28, 2016
We will miss Richard Kaplan so much. It is hard to speak of him in the past tense because he was and remains in our memories a vibrant, dynamic, warm and passionate human being, always curious and involved. In addition to his own work as an architect, he continued to learn about and support projects and causes that were important to him. His intellect, charm and his infectious smile made him an irresistible host and friend, interested in people and witty and urbane to the end. He found his match in Edwina Sandys, his wife and the love of his life, whom he admired above all others. Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to her and the extended family.
Regina and Joe Gil
January 26, 2016
Beloved brother...
David Padwa
January 26, 2016
Dear Edwina,
Our deepest condolences to you and the entire family. We'll miss Richard very much, miss his smile, his jokes ...
Marc, Irina Klionsky
January 26, 2016
I'm terribly saddened with this news. He was a strong force in my early professional life - honorable, generous, enthusiastic and idealistic. He was a joy to be around.

I worked for and with Richard 1967-72, first in his Westbeth office and then opening the West 52nd St office. Outstanding amongst the many projects we worked on was the 240 unit middle income Crown Gardens in Crown Heights. It was Richard's original conception and it was I who proudly carried it through, from design to completion and the 1975 Bard Award.

Thanks specifically to Richard, I have fond recollections of those productive years...
Tuck Harvey
January 26, 2016
My condolences to The Kaplan Family. May the God of all comfort be with all of you as you cope with such sorrow. Please find comfort in the memories you have of Ruchard and may they help to ease the pain you are feeling.
January 25, 2016
The first time I met Richard was at the British Embassy for a dinner in honor of Sir Winston S. Churchill. That meeting left an indelible mark of me; I remember Richard grabbing me by both shoulders and looking at me straight on and saying, "believe in yourself, you must believe in yourself." He gave me a great boost in my confidence and I shall carry that will me, forever. Thank you, Richard.
Roger Stillman
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