Harvey Caplan

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Caplan, Harvey, a television-engineering pioneer with a 50-year career, died February 6, 2012 in Jackson, Miss., of cancer. He was 82. Mr. Caplan was born February 20, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Ruth Drylinger and Bernard Caplan. Mr. Caplan's career began as a design engineer and design group manager in the Aerospace industry. He then moved into the television broadcast industry in 1960 at CBS Laboratories where his design accomplishments included the Lunar Orbitor Program, the DRIPS Program, the Linotron System, the Vidifont and various engineering broadcast projects. He was with CBS Labs and CBS NY for 20 years. Mr. Caplan's television broadcast marketing, sales, and management career includes CBS, Thomson Broadcast, Ikegami, Chyron and JA Taylor Broadcast Associates. He further served the industry as a broker and as an independent appraiser for financial institutions, video production companies, television stations and movie production facilities. When the Pro Shop and Golf Course were ready to open at The Links at Starkville, MS Golf and Country Club, Mr. Caplan was the first Pro Shop and Golf Course Manager until his "retirement" in April, 2011. He was the proud owner of 2 Hole-In-One awards and played left-handed golf for nearly 60 years. Survivors include Wife Tawanna Tex (Bell) Caplan of Starkville (formerly Mt. Vernon, IL); two daughters, Debra Caplan of Stuart, FL, Meryl Frappier (Bobby) of Ormand Beach, FL. one son, Peter Caplan of Stuart, FL; one grandson and one granddaughter; one sister, Elaine Abowitz of Del Ray, FL; one sister-in-law, Cornelia Jane Posey of Columbus, MS; nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends and acquaintances. Memorials may be made to the MAB Scholarship Program, Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, 855 South Pear Orchard Road, Suite 403, Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157; (602)957-9121, or to the donor's choice. Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com

Published in Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 12, 2012