The Baruch community was deeply saddened by the passing of Martin Kaplan (’59) on Aug. 16, 2015. Kaplan came from humble beginnings to rise to distinction on Wall Street. His over-half-century career included 29 years at Merrill Lynch, where he attained the position of managing director and head of Equity Trading, and 25 years at KR Capital Advisors, Inc., an asset management firm, where he was president and partner. Kaplan was 78 years old.

Kaplan’s and his wife’s exemplary generosity to Baruch included the naming of two classrooms as well as the Martin and Laurie Kaplan Computing and Technology Center. He also devoted his time, talents, and business acumen to his alma mater as a trustee of the Baruch College Fund (BCF) since 2001, chair of the Investment Committee, and vice chair of the Baruch Means Business Campaign, among other roles. Honored with the College’s Alumni Allegiance Award in 2009, Kaplan—Marty to his friends—was universally respected and liked, with his fellow BCF trustees remembering him as “larger than life,” “fun loving,” and “a man with a multitude of friends.”

Joel J. Cohen (’59) recalled their student days and the smart, driven side of Kaplan: “After classes he would always go to the office of the brokerage firm near Baruch and trade stocks, which he had been doing since high school.”

Lawrence Zicklin (’57, LHD [Hon.] ’99) said of their years at Merrill Lynch in the 1960s, “I can still hear his booming laugh in the open office we all called home. He could laugh at a story as well as tell one.” Zicklin added that his modest colleague “was never shy about recounting his own failures or errors, minimizing his successes while learning from the failures.”

Both Dov C. Schlein (’70) and Bernard Laterman (’52) met Kaplan on the BCF Board. Schlein described him “an extraordinary man, first to contribute to a scholarship or cause and helpful in urging others to join him.” Laterman concurred: “Marty gave with a full heart, and all who knew him responded in kind. Every one of us is better for having known him, having laughed and enjoyed special moments together.”

Read expanded testimonials to Mr. Kaplan from his alumni friends.


Marty’s many friends and admirers have established a scholarship fund in his memory. To contribute, please contact David Shanton at 646-660-6065 or

[divider sid=”divider-1415142516″ type=”dotted”]The College offers its condolences to the family and friends of the following alumni.

Sidney C. Fried ’36

Irwin Katz ’38

Alfred W. Berthold ’39

Francis C. Dykeman ’39

*Harry A. Gilbert ’39

Bernard A. Silver ’41

Burt Tierstein ’41

William A. Betke ’42

George J. Jonides ’42

Nathan Bolinsky ’43

Albert Berg ’44

Daniel Eth ’45

*Miriam Feldman ’46

*Albert Friedman ’46

Sidney J. Albert ’47

Leon J. Berg ’47

Lewis M. Weston ’47

Sidney Cooper ’48

*Raymond J. Fields ’48

Leon Lebensbaum ’48

Nicholas Dalfino ’49

Concetta (Nazzaro) DeLauro ’49

Harry Kamesar ’49

Paul A. Pari ’49

Paul Rubenstein ’49

Richard Barasch ’50

Myra Glogover-Trachtenberg ’50

Henry Magid ’50

Aaron W. Warshauer ’50

Charles F. Ernst ’51

Milton Mann ’51, MBA ’54

Norman J. Mast ’51

Ira Sarinsky ’51

Howard G. Kicherer ’52

Walter J. Salmon ’52

Ira N. Anes ’53

Harold Falkowsky ’53

Louis Nuñez ’53

Melvin Goldman ’54

John O. Welton ’54

Jiro Murase ’55

Howard L. Jacobs ’56

Sidney Stuchin ’56

Donald E. Whitehouse ’57

George M. Blumenthal ’58

George H. Liesenberg ’58

William Frank Lipton ’58

Steven Becker ’59

Kyrie C. Kallas ’59, MBA ’65

Burton S. Kaliski ’60

Samuel DeVeaux ’61, MPA ’71, MBA ’75

Kenneth I. Rosenblum ’62

Tony Marvits ’63

James B. Meehan MPA ’63

Lee S. Brandeis ’64

Daniel A. Kane ’64

Donato Havdala ’65

Herbert G. Mueller ’65

Ray A. Olisa ’65

Peter T. Coe MBA ’66

George E. Casavant ’67

Albert C. Nussenbaum ’68

Thomas Keller MBA ’69

Stephen Greenberger ’71

Han K. Lee MBA ’72

William Defeo ’73

Joseph LaScala ’74

John P. Buschhorn ’76

Stephen E. Dowd ’76

Sherman O. Ferguson ’76

Patrick C. Gatins ’76

Steven E. Holub ’78

Carlos Tait ’78

Dennis J. Chessen ’80

John Esposito ’80

Robert J. Conroy MPA ’81

Andrea (Carmichael) Blencowe ’89

Michael V. Dimarco MBA ’89, MBA ’97

Leighton Watson ’91

Prosper K. Adabla ’97

Robert J. Allan MBA ’05

Rayman Mustafa EMS ’12

Timothy M. Richman MS ’15

*Benchmark Society member


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