Leonard Kaplan born January 13, 1931 in Chicago, died peacefully on April 26, 2013. He is predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Norma Kaplan and his sister, Maxine. Len is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vicki and two sons, Steven (Carol Rubin) of Chicago and their sons, Sam and Alec and Larry (Jill Steinberg) of Seattle and their daughters, Isabel and Rachel. Len was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from City College of New York as a civil engineer. After two years in the Army, he received his Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He began his career designing highway bridges and various types of railroad cars, from cargo carriers to mobile missile launchers. He then became an aeronautical engineer, spending 25 years at Perkin Elmer in Danbury, CT. He was a project manager for the Hexagon program, the top secret and very successful spy satellite built in the 1970's. Len solved a number of difficult problems needed to make it work. The program was declassified and unveiled in 2011 in Washington, D.C. Len took early retirement and he and Vicki moved to Tucson in 1985 where he and Vicki loved to hike, enjoy the sunshine, and watched the sunsets from their home. Len was a gentle soul who loved his family dearly. Special memories will be hiking with the family at Sabino Canyon and family trips. Burial will be on Long Island N.Y. on Friday, May 3, 2013. A Shiva gathering will be held at their home on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the
, Arizona Parkinson's Disease Assn., Temple Emanuel in Tucson or a
. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 1, 2013