Brookline's Sumner Kaplan was Former State Representative
Kaplan was also retired Trial Court judge, former selectman.
Former State Representative and involved Brookline citizen Sumner Kaplan died Tuesday at the age of 90. Kaplan was also a retired Trial Court judge and Brookline selectman.
Kaplan was born in Roxbury in 1920, when Roxbury was a largely Jewish community. He graduated from Boston Latin High School in 1937.
His friend, Susan Senator, said he also founded both the Brookline Community Mental Health Center and Bedside Advocates, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting patients' rights.
"He will be missed outside of Brookline as well," Selectman Jesse Mermell said of him during Tuesday night's meeting. "He was very much a go-to guy for the total perspective and the infield perspective. He will leave a gaping hole at many of the schools."
He belonged to Temple Ohabei Shalom, where Senator said in an email that he had a bar mitzvah just a few years ago. He was married for 66 years to Brookline memoirist and former teacher Elinor Kaplan.
He spoke of his life in this video from last year.