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His marriages to Rochelle Greenberg and Nancy Hoffman ended in divorce. In addition to his son, from his marriage to Ms. Greenberg, he is survived by his wife, Caroline Worthington, a concert cellist; and four grandchildren.

Mr. Lapidus was also a licensed pilot and, while working as an architect, served a stint as an auxiliary police officer in New York City. His designing career included encounters with clients involved in organized crime and an episode, he said, in which four government agents pretended to be his firm’s associates on a flight to Havana at a time when the Clinton administration was secretly trying to normalize relations with Cuba.

Among the other projects Mr. Lapidus worked on were the Gild Hall hotel in Manhattan’s Financial District and the resort hotel El Conquistador in Puerto Rico.

In his book, he couldn’t volunteer enough praise for Donald J. Trump, who had hired Mr. Lapidus to design the glitzy Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. (The building had a relatively brief life, however. Opened in 1984, it was demolished in February, less than a month after Mr. Trump left the White House and about a dozen years after he had cut ties with the hotel and casino in a series of bankruptcy filings, though his name had remained attached to it.)

Mr. Lapidus was 18 when he first met Mr. Trump, who was just a boy at the time, through their fathers. Morris Lapidus was working with the developer Fred Trump on an apartment complex in Brooklyn at the time, in the mid-1950s. In his book, Mr. Lapidus described Donald Trump as “the most honorable developer I’ve ever worked with.”

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/21/arts/design/alan-lapidus-dead.html

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