Judith M. Kaplan|
Judi Kaplan died on December 24, 2012 after a long illness. She was born in Urbana, Illinois April 27, 1949 to Lena and Alex Kaplan and raised in a household with a deep appreciation and talent for the arts and a curiosity and commitment to science. Judi channeled this curiosity into a nursing career, completing her BS in Nursing at the University of Washington in 1975. This was followed by an internship at the University of California San Francisco and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound in 1984.
Judi's nursing career included many different aspects of care-giving and medical administration serving at DSHS, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, King County Department of Public Health, Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County and Maxim Healthcare.
Judi raised her son Benjamin as a single mother and had an extended international "family" due to the many foreign exchange students she hosted. Judi loved traveling and combined it with her passion for diving. She volunteered at the Seattle Aquarium as a diver, and took advantage of diving opportunities at the Great Barrier Reef and other exotic locals.
She immersed herself in art and literature with membership at the Seattle Art Museum and enjoyed her "Book Club" meetings with a dear circle of friends. Judi also enjoyed baking, gardening, creating stained glass, and spending weekends with her husband Blaine building their retirement home on the bluff at Possession Point , Whidbey Island. Their combined hard work and dedication on this home animated their marriage and was the focus of their passions.
Judi is survived by her husband Blaine Sorenson, son Capt. (USAF) Benjamin Kelly, adored grandson Asher and granddaughter Phoebe, brother David Kaplan, sister Annette Kaplan, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Judi would light up a room with her laugh, her humor, and her warm heart; she will be sorely missed.
A celebration of Judi's life will be held at 11am at the Seattle Aquarium on February 17, 2013. Remembrances may be made to
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2013