In Memoriam – Donald Barnard Kaplan
KAPLAN--Donald Barnard, 81, died peacefully on November 11, 2010 in New
York City after a short illness. He is survived by his dearly loved two sons and
their families, Tom and Liz, of Las Vegas, NV and John, Mimi, Avery, and
Benjamin, of Mountain Lakes, NJ; beloved brother, Edgar, of Montclair, NJ;
and dear friend, Bob Cosenza, of New York City. He is also predeceased by his
beloved sister, Rosalie Kirsch. Don was an extraordinarily loving and
compassionate father, granddad, brother, father-in-law, mentor and friend.
Known for his impeccable manners, integrity, elegance, style, sense of humor,
wisdom and intelligence, he was the consummate gentleman and the most
honorable of men. He always wore a smile and brought great joy to all those
around him during his wonderful life. Born December 30, 1928 in Newark, NJ
to Ben and Katherine Kaplan, Don was a New York City resident since 1970.
He graduated from Yale University in 1950 with a BA in Psychology where he
played the clarinet in the marching band and was a member of the drama club.
He served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps and saw active duty in Korea
on the front line at the Yalu River. Don was a veteran of four decades in
Manhattan real estate and served as general manager of the Empire State
Building and the International Toy Center. He began his career in 1964 under
the tutelage of real estate legends Peter L. Malkin, Lawrence A. Wien and
Harry B. Helmsley, and went on to hold various executive positions. He
retired in 2002 as an Executive Vice President of Malkin Properties, then
W&M Properties. Don was a patron of the arts who frequented the theater and
museums, especially MOMA and the Met. He had a passion for travel and
genealogy. He loved his New York Times crosswords and gardening at his
country homes in Sag Harbor and Spencertown, NY. Most of all, he cherished
spending time with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in his
memory can be made to the Friedman Brain Institute
www.philanthropy.mountsinai.org. A Celebration is being planned for early
2011. Sweet dreams. Your loving family.