Donald H. Kaplan MD
1929 - 2015
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ANDOVER – Donald H. Kaplan, M.D. died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, surrounded by his devoted family at the home he shared with Nancy Wilkins Kaplan, his wife of more than 58 years, in Andover.

His was a life extraordinarily well lived, full of learning, leadership, community service, travel, sports and innumerable friends near and far. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and admirers from many walks of life and geographies.

Born on May 6, 1929, to Charles and Pauline Kaplan, he grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y. with his older brother, Robert Kaplan, formerly of South Orange, N.J. He attended the Loomis School (1947), Harvard University (1951), and New York Medical College (1955). Kaplan interned at Henry Ford Hospital where he met his future bride.

He served as physician for DesRon 23 in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1958. He fulfilled his residency at the Yale New Haven Hospital and established the Thames Eye Group in New London, Conn., practicing as an ophthalmologist in New London, Mystic, Conn., and Westerly, R.I. from 1960-1996.

He was an avid sailor, completing four Newport-Bermuda races, four Marblehead-Halifax races and one trans-Atlantic crossing in 1991. He was a member of the Cruising Club of America, Ocean Cruising Club, and Ram Island Yacht Club. He also enjoyed tennis, skiing, camping and hiking. The Kaplans lived in Mystic, Conn. for 40 years and were very active in civic activities. Kaplan was President of Temple Emanu-El at its former home in Groton, Conn. and President of the staff at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. He was a long-time member of the Ragged Mt. Fish & Game Club in Andover for which he served as President and created the Ragged Mt. Fish & Game Club's Endowment Fund.

In retirement, he became active in and served as President of the Andover Lion's Club. He served on the Board of the NH Association for the Blind and was President of the Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of New Hampshire.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Kaplan is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Lisa Kaplan of Lyme, Conn.; his daughter and son-in-law, Susan Kaplan and Eben James of Wayland, Mass.; and his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Kaplan and Stefano Rusconi of Milan, Italy. He leaves six grandchildren, Natalie and Rachel Kaplan, Fletcher and Keillor Kaplan-James and Rebecca and Olivia Rusconi.

Arrangements are being made for a late December service.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in his name is asked to contribute to Ragged Mt. Fish & Game Club's Endowment Fund, RMFG&C Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1838, New London, NH 03257-1838, or the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses Association, LSR VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Road, P.O. Box 2209, New London, NH 03257.

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Published in Concord Monitor on Nov. 3, 2015.
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November 11, 2015
Dear Nancy, Larry, Susan and Elizabeth,
Our sincere condolences for the loss of a wonderful man from the Cramer family. May your memories sustain you at this time of loss.
Kurt Cramer
November 11, 2015
Sue and family. What a tribute to your dad. Your a shining example of who he is. Jaye Van Orden
November 9, 2015
RIP Dr. Kaplan
Sorry for your loss of your husband. He did surgery on my father's eye at Yale many years ago..My father had a detached retina around 1963 Edward Davis from Groton Ct.
Suzanne Gouette
November 8, 2015
A wonderful man. So full of life and welcoming to everyone. It was a pleasure to know him. I am sorry for your loss and at the same time sure he is in a goodplace.e
Audrey Pellegrino
November 8, 2015
Nancy, I am so sorry for your husband's passing. I liked him so much. He performed surgeries on both my daughters years ago and their eyes are so beautiful because of his expertise. I am now living in Maine myself so I'm your next door neighbor if you will. Please take care of yourself.
Eila Lang
November 6, 2015
The wonderful legacy he left is in the very fine people you family members all became !
Herb & Karen Moyer
November 6, 2015
A good friend, and my offshore sailing mentor. And, my principal sponsor for the Ragged a Mountain Fish and Game Club. I will miss him.
Tony Weatherford
November 4, 2015
A wonderful shipmate! He will be missed.

Hugh Caldara
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