Remembering Brendan J. Dugan

The board and staff of Regional Plan Association mourn the passing of Brendan J. Dugan, RPA's former treasurer and longtime board member who devoted countless hours to the organization's success.

As president of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, Dugan believed deeply in the role the school played in helping people reach the middle class. He was proud that St. Francis provided access to higher education to people who might not otherwise be able to afford it, and enjoyed getting to know St. Francis students.

He was equally gracious with his friends and associates at RPA, where he served on the board from 1994-2013. 

“Brendan was truly a special person whose advice and counsel I warmly accepted," said RPA Chairman Emeritus Peter Herman. "And, of course, he was an expert on all things Brooklyn."

Former RPA President Claude Shostal said: "Brendan was one of those rare people who could combine the financial acumen and discipline of a successful banker (which he was) with an uncommon generosity of spirit, particularly for those less fortunate. Few people gave more freely of their time and wisdom than Brendan. We were extremely fortunate that RPA was among those many things he cared deeply about."

We extend our deepest condolences to his family.