Jacob M. Kaplan
"Born Dec. 23, 1891, in Lowell, Mass., Mr. Kaplan was an enthusiastic supporter of cooperatives all his life. He grew up poor, attending public schools near Boston and peddling soap in the streets to help feed the family. Then he left Massachusetts and spent 10 years in the sugar-producing countries of Latin America. Headed Molasses Company. He organized sugar planters as early as 1910. Thirty years later, he taught the wisdom of cooperative production to grape growers. Speaking of his hopes for housing cooperatives for the elderly in 1986, he said: If they are efficient, there's no reason it cannot work. I'll help....
"Mr. Kaplan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alice Manheim Kaplan, one of the city's leading art patrons; three daughters, Mrs. Davidson, of Manhattan and Germantown, N.Y., Elizabeth K. Fonseca of Manhattan and East Hampton, L.I., and Mary Ellen Kaplan of Manhattan; a son, Richard D. of Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla. - all of whom are trustees of the Kaplan Fund - and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren." 
Resources and articles
- NYT Jacob Kaplan, Philanthropist, Is Dead, organizational web page, accessed April 22, 2012.