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.
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