The loss of Richard Kaplan, our wonderful Uncle Dick, was a tremendous shock to me and my entire family. As many of you know, Richard was a warm and effusive man who contributed richly to our family, our foundation and society as a whole.
Richard lived in the Hudson Valley, Easthampton, London and New York City, where he grew up. Later in life, he and his fantastic wife, Edwina Sandys, came to love Palm Beach in the winter and that is where he peacefully died last week.
Richard studied architecture at Harvard and came to New York City with his classmate and chum, Jim Polshek to open an office and get started as a young designer. In the city there are several buildings attributed to Richard, notably the award winning Chatham Towers, Crown Gardens, and the theatre at 111 West 46th Street, originally the home of the American Place Theatre, now used by the Roundabout Theatre Company.
As a longtime trustee of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and its co-chairman from 1993-2000, Richard played a significant role in the evolution of New York City. He was passionate about urban design and made a decade’s long commitment to the Regional Plan Authority (RPA). He understood the importance of Lower Manhattan as the birth place of our great city and spent years designing a heritage trail to make the colonial city visible and compelling to tourists and New Yorkers alike. He nurtured the young Skyscraper Museum, and supported the arts in New York.
I know many of you have lively memories of Richard. If you like, please share them by clicking here. Edwina and my entire family will be deeply grateful for your kind thoughts and remembrances.
Peter Davidson, Chairman