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 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 , 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.