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Jerome Lyle Rappaport

Jerome Lyle Rappaport
Founder and Board Member
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Edward Glaeser
Professor of Economics at Harvard University
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Greg Massing
Executive Director for the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
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Vivien Li
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Monika Bandyopadhyay
Suffolk University Law Student

David Barron
Harvard Law School and former Deputy Counsel for the Office of Legal Counsel in the US Department of Justice

Linda Bilmes
Senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Assistant Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration.

Brandy H.M. Brooks
Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Bruner Foundation

Felicia Cote
Rappaport Fellow, Harvard Law School/Harvard Kennedy School.

Amanda Eden
Suffolk University Law School student

Sara Farnum
Student, Suffolk Univ. Law School

Kristin Faucette
Student at Suffolk University Law School

Benjamin Forman
Research Director, MassINC

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday
JD/MBA student at Suffolk University Law School and the Sawyer School of Business

Theodore Kalivas
Boston Green Blog, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

David Linhart
Student, Boston University School of Law

Antoniya Owens
Research Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Susan Prosnitz
Senior Advisor, TSA, Washington, DC

Ben Thomas
Boston Green Blog, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

Matthew Todaro
Student at Boston College Law School

Alexander von Hoffman
Senior Researcher, Joint Center for Housing Studies

Brett Walker
Student, Boston College Law School

Margarita Warren
Student at Suffolk University Law School

Articles by Jerome Lyle Rappaport

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lowell

Friday, February 10th, 2012
By Jerome Lyle Rappaport



Lowell Richards died unexpectedly on February 5th, too young and too soon.  We are deeply saddened.
 

I knew and worked with Lowell for over forty years.  A relationship that began in the intersection of mutual interests evolved over time into a friendship grounded in shared values.  Our relationship started during Kevin White's administration when a bright young financial "whiz kid" was handling fiscal matters for the mayor.  I was heading the developers council and perhaps not unexpectedly, we sometimes crossed swords.  We learn a lot about people when we are obliged to argue over differences in a political world and seek principled compromises, when we can have disagreements but not be disagreeable, when the eventual outcome we seek depends on  mutual respect. Our discussions proved to be important in removing impediments to significant development in the city, without being a retreat for the mayor.

 

Years later Lowell became a major supporter of the Harvard Kennedy School's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Suffolk Law School's Rappaport Center for Public Service. We shared the desire to have the best and the brightest commit their talent to meeting the challenges of urban problems, while finding excitement and significance in local and state government. Lowell mentored our fellows with joy and left them enthused and enriched. 

 

Over the last decade Lowell became a friend; I talked with him about a life after the Port Authority.  At my age I know how productive Lowell's later years could -- and surely would -- have been, and how much he was looking forward to them.

 

Our loss and the City's loss pales in comparison to that which his family surely feels, and we extend our deepest regret and sympathies to his family.  Lowell's life represented the best that the Rappaport Institute and the Rappaport Center attempt to inspire in young leaders. He was an effective, respected and creative public servant devoted to Boston's governance and well being. He served with grace and shared his enjoyment in all he did. We will miss him deeply. 

 

Jerome Lyle Rappaport

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