KAPLAN, LOUIS J. February 24, 1916-January 8, 2013 Louis Jack Kaplan, a long-time resident of the New Haven area, died in Springfield, VA at the age of 96. Lou served as associate dean for alumni, government and community affairs at the Yale School of Medicine 1966-1985, and played a pivotal role in the development of the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, Connecticut Mental Health Center and Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. Lou was born in Lawrence, Mass., in 1916 and moved to New Haven in 1926. He graduated from Hillhouse High School, worked at the Farnum Neighborhood House and the Railway Express Agency. That experience resulted in Lou being assigned to manage the European railroad network for the U.S. Army in Paris during World War II. Lou met his wife of 66 years, Freda Lerman Mackler, in New Haven after the war. They moved to New York City where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at New York University. He joined the staff of the Connecticut Mental Health Association in 1956 and became associate director of the Connecticut Mental Health Center in 1964 before being appointed assistant to the dean of the Yale School of Medicine in 1966. Lou was a loyal fan of New York Yankees, Giants, Knicks, UConn women's and men's basketball and Yale football. He and Freda vacationed for nearly 40 years on Martha's Vineyard. In addition to his wife, Lou leaves a daughter Jan Kaplan of Annandale, VA and son, Jeffrey Kaplan of Wellesley, MA, five grandsons, and a sister, Mildred Ratoosh of Berkeley, CA. A celebration of Lou's life will be held in New Haven at a future date. The family requests that donations be made in Lou's name to the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center (www.hillhealthcenter.com). Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.demainefunerals.com.
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Published in The New Haven Register on Jan. 29, 2013