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Howard Kaplan, who passed away June 19, 2011 at age 70, is mourned by Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Founder of the Kaplan Group, a Chicago law firm, Kaplan, with his wife Marlene, were important donors to Hadassah and the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel. "I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Howard's death," said Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, who attended the funeral in Chicago Monday. "His commitment to Jerusalem, his family, his work and to his philanthropy was inspiring, and he will be truly missed by the Chicago community and the Zionist community as a whole. Mr. Kaplan's wife, Marlene Kaplan (nee Kostow), who survives him, is a Hadassah Guardian of Tomorrow and a Lifetime member. Howard Kaplan was an Associate. The Kaplans' largest gift to Hadassah was in support of the Israel Defense Force Center in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in 2005. Born in Chicago, June 1, 1941, Howard Gordon Kaplan graduated the University of Illinois in 1962 with a B.S. with high honors and John Marshall Law School, with a J.D. in 1967. Admitted to the Illinois Bar and the U.S. District Court, he was also subsequently admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and the bars of DC, New York and Wisconsin. Mr. Kaplan was a founder of the Kaplan Group, Ltd., a law firm in Chicago founded in 1967. He was also a CPA and served as Treasurer of the Illinois Development Finance Authority and Chairman of the Governor's Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Marlene and Howard's family," Ms. Falchuk said, "the entire Chicago community, and all others who were lucky enough to be affected by his loyalty and generosity." In addition to his wife, Mr. Kaplan is survived by four children, Rhonda (Mordechay) Katz, Bennett (Faye) Kaplan, Audra (Alan) Spellberg and Patrick Kaplan; by 12 grandchildren; and by his sisters Phyllis (the late Harvey) Shapps and Carole Kaplan and his brother-in-law of Ilene (Stuart) Strauss. Donations in his memory may be sent to Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, at Hadassah House, 50 West 58th St., New York, NY 10019.
Published in Chicago Tribune from June 20 to June 21, 2011
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