Harold Koplar

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Harold Koplar
Born (1915-02-27)February 27, 1915
Died May 3, 1985(1985-05-03) (aged 70)
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place New Mount Sinai Cemetery
Affton, Missouri
38°33′18″N 90°18′18″W / 38.554868°N 90.304865°W / 38.554868; -90.304865Coordinates: 38°33′18″N 90°18′18″W / 38.554868°N 90.304865°W / 38.554868; -90.304865
Nationality  United States
Spouse(s) Marie Koplar
Children 3
Parent(s) Sam and Jeanette Koplar

Harold Koplar (February 27, 1915 – May 3, 1985) was a Russian-American hotelier and businessman in St. Louis, Missouri.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Harold Koplar was born February 27, 1915. His father, Sam Koplar, built the Park Plaza Hotel in 1929.[1] Harold Koplar was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Soldan High School before going on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied architecture and engineering but left without graduating.

Career[edit]

Koplar linked together and managed the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1959, he launched the television station KPLR-TV in a converted apartment building near the hotel. He established a development at Lake of the Ozarks in 1964 that includes the Lodge of Four Seasons hotel, two golf courses, a marina, and Spa Shiki. In 1966 he was listed as part-owner of the troubled midtown landmark Continental Life Building, along with St. Louis mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes and nationally known defense attorney Morris Shenker, who was also Koplar's brother-in-law.[2]

Marriage and children[edit]

Harold and Marie Lauer Koplar married on March 30, 1931. The couple had three children: Robert "Bob" Koplar (d. 1977), Edward J. "Ted" Koplar, and Susan Koplar Brown.

Death and afterward[edit]

On May 3, 1985, Harold Koplar was found unconscious in an indoor lap pool in his home. He was rushed to the hospital and declared dead of a massive heart attack. Funeral services were held at Temple Emanuel in St. Louis and he was interred in the Koplar family mausoleum at New Mount Sinai Cemetery, Affton, Missouri.

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connor, Candace (2005). Meet Me in the Lobby: The Story of Harold Koplar and the Chase Park Plaza. St. Louis, Missouri: Virginia Publishing. ISBN 1-891442-32-5. 
  2. ^ Life Magazine, May 29, 1970, pages 24–31.