Amy Doppelt, a veteran municipal analyst, died Dec. 2 after an almost two-year battle with cancer. She was 52.
Ms. Doppelt was well known in the municipal market for her work as a managing director in Fitch Ratings’ public finance department and head of its western region tax-supported group. She joined Fitch in 1989 as it entered the ratings business.
Her longtime colleague, Richard Raphael, head of U.S. public finance at Fitch, called her “an original in every way.”
“She was one of a very small group — those who joined Fitch in 1989, put the new company on the map, and stayed to sustain its growth and success,” he said. “Amy was an incredibly gifted analyst, writer, and communicator. She had a commanding presence — stylish, bold, and outspoken — and inside, an incredibly generous heart.”
Before joining Fitch, Ms. Doppelt. worked as a vice president at both Capital Re Management and L. F. Rothschild & Co. Before that, she spent several years at Standard & Poor’s.
Ms. Doppelt was recognized by Smith’s Research and Gradings for several years as a member of its All-Star Municipal Analysts Team, including this year. She recently completed two terms as an adviser to the Government Finance Officers Association’s standing committee on economic development and capital planning. She was a member of the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission’s technical advisory committee for 14 years. Ms. Doppelt also was a member of the California Society of Municipal Analysts and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.
She was a graduate of Smith College.
Ms. Doppelt is survived by her husband, Steve Scheier and two stepdaughters, Haley and Lauren. She is also survived by her brother Andy Doppelt, his wife Melanie, a niece, Erin, and a nephew, Jason.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco. The website is www.emanuelsf.org. Another memorial, in New York, will be scheduled at a later date.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations could be made in her memory to one of four organizations:
- The Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Program at the University of California San Francisco. Attn: Sarah Krumholz, UCSF, 220 Montgomery Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104.
- The Women’s Initiative: www.womensinitiative.org.
- The Sussman Family Fund for Breast Cancer Research, c/o Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
- Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.