Obit: Frank Kaplan

Frank Kaplan, a lifetime member of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, died on Jan. 19 in White Plains, N.Y. He was 93.

Kaplan joined the family business at his cousin’s company, M. Dobrein and Sons, but took a brief leave from the industry in the 1940s to serve as an infantry officer in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return, he joined footwear brand Sandler of Boston in 1946, working as a mid-Atlantic sales representative. Soon after, Kaplan and fellow colleagues started the Middle Atlantic Shoe Travelers Association in Philadelphia and Kaplan transitioned to shoe brand Craddock-Terry before retiring in the 1980s.

With more than 40 years in footwear, Kaplan was devoted to the industry, said his son Harold Kaplan, who has also been in the business since 1969. 

Donations in Kaplan’s name can be made to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation.