It is with sadness we note the passing of Fred Papert -- long time friend of Project FIND whom we honored at our 2012 Gala.
The New York Times had a wonderful article about Fred Papert, his life and his legacy ...
Fred Papert, Innovative Ad Man and Champion of Grand Central, Dies at 89
Fred Papert, an innovative advertising agency director who helped galvanize civic leaders and government officials to preserve Grand Central Terminal and revive Times Square, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 89.
... A debonair wordsmith with a flair for promotion, Mr. Papert (pronounced PAP-ert) worked both ends of 42nd Street in separate campaigns that burnished the face of Midtown.
He rallied Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat of New York; and the architecture critic Brendan Gill in a successful lobbying campaign to save Grand Central from demolition and defacement during the mid-1970s and to safeguard New York City’s new landmarks preservation law from the legal challenges of developers.