Sunday, January 06, 2013
Richard Pauker, Philanthropist and Artist, 80
Richard Pauker: honored in 2010 at Arts Center gala. Contributed photo
Richard H. Pauker of Westport, philanthropist and artist who in his 40 years in Westport and Weston touched thousands of lives through his passion for and dedication to the arts, died today (Jan. 6) in Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. He was 80.
Pauker, who served five years as president of the Westport Arts Center and was honored in 2010 at the Center’s 40th anniversary gala at the Westport Country Playhouse, was hospitalized last week after suffering a stroke.
“Westport has lost a true treasure,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “Our town and its vibrant arts community would not be what they are today without Dick Pauker. Our deepest condolences to Joyce and the Pauker family.”
Pauker, formerly of Weston, was a member of many philanthropic boards but was especially dedicated to the Westport Arts Center where he served as president of the board from 1998 to 2003.
Among his many contributions was spearheading the Center’s move from Greens Farms School to its current location on Riverside Avenue.
Pauker and his wife, Joyce, participated in every aspect of the Center’s arts programming, including exhibition openings, family programs and chamber music and jazz concerts.
Richard Pauker: became a sculptor at age 60. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Helen Klisser During
He was also instrumental in bringing First Night to Westport in the 1990s.
In addition to the Westport Arts Center, he was honored for his service to the United Jewish Appeal, the Westport Weston Family Y, and others.
A graduate of Horace Mann School in New York and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he served as an officer in the Navy during the Korean Conflict and was president of the Barclay Knitwear Co.
A 30-year member of the Cuttyhunk Striped Bass Club, he became a sculptor at age 60.
“He was a living example that it is never too late to follow your dreams,” his family said in an obituary (see below). “A remarkable and beloved family man, we will miss him greatly.”
He was husband of Joyce (nee Morchower), father of David and Laurie Pauker of New York, and Mark and Morgaine Pauker of Westport, and grandfather of Michael, Jonny, Andrew, Michelle Frieda, and Daniel.
Services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel in Westport.
Shiva will be observed at Joyce Pauker’s residence at Terra Nova on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 8, 9 and 10 from 7-9 p.m, with a Shiva minyan at 7:30 p.m. Shiva will continue with visiting hours on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13 from 5- 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Westport Arts Center.
The family provided the following obituary:
Richard Pauker of Westport CT, formerly of NYC and Weston CT, died on January 6th after a brief illness. Dear husband of Joyce (nee Morchower), father of David & Laurie and Mark & Morgaine, and grandfather of Michael, Jonny, Andrew, Michelle Frieda, and Daniel.
Richard Pauker: headed Westport Arts Center for five years. Contributed photo
Admired by all for his thought-provoking dialogue, sound judgment and gifted yet gentle powers of persuasion, Dick served on many philanthropic boards. He was dedicated to the Westport Arts Center where he served as President for 5 years, and was instrumental in bringing First Night to Westport in the 1990s.
He was honored for his service by UJAF, YMCA, and the Westport Arts Center, among others.
A graduate of Horace Mann and the Wharton School, Dick served as an officer in the Navy during the Korean Conflict and was President of the Barclay Knitwear Company.
Dick, a 30 year member of the Cuttyhunk Striped Bass Club, became a sculptor at age 60. He was a living example that it is never too late to follow your dreams. A remarkable and beloved family man, we will miss him greatly.
Services will be held in Westport at Temple Israel on January 8th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Westport Arts Center. (http://www.greensfuneralhome.com)
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Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport