Charles Irving Kaplan, born January 24, 1925, passed away on September 5, 2011 at the end of a full life centered on family and friends. He was a third-generation Houstonian, graduating from Lamar High School in 1942 and Rice Institute in 1947, with a B.A. in math and physics. Charles served in the Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War. He was an award-winning marksman and instructor. His prowess was evident to his sons at Boy Scout camp in Central Texas in the mid-1960's, and again to his grandsons at the same camp 35 years later at age 76.
Charles' blind date with Celine Seligman on New Year's Day 1948 led to their 61- year marriage which brought them four children and nine grandchildren. He had a special relationship with each child and grandchild. He attended countless award ceremonies, sporting events, recitals, concerts and scout meetings.
He was a volunteer with over 5,000 hours of service at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He was a Board member of Congregation Emanu El. At age 83, Charles celebrated his second Bar Mitzvah with grandson Jack.
Charles treasured his weekends in Galveston at the beach house designed by his son David and found great solace and comfort there. It is fitting that Charles died in his beloved Galveston.
Charles was predeceased by his parents, Morris and Julia Kaplan, and is survived by his wife Celine and by their children Lee Kaplan and wife Diana Hudson, David and wife Barbara Kaplan, Jay and wife Carolyn Kaplan and Nanette and husband Barry Putterman. He is also survived by his amazing grandchildren, Joanna, Glynn, Will, Layne, Michael and Jack Kaplan, and Rebecca, Matthew and Jennifer Putterman.
Those who wish to honor his memory may direct contributions to CLL Global Research Foundation c/o Dr. Michael Keating at M.D. Anderson Center, 1515 Holcombe, Houston 77030; Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, 6200 N. Braeswood, Houston 77074; Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset, Houston 77005; or the charity of your choice.
The family gives special thanks to Drs. Richard Jackson, Richard Goldfarb and Michael Keating for their excellent and compassionate care maintaining the quality of Dad's life.
Funeral services will be held at Congregation Emanu El at 1500 Sunset on Wednesday, September 7th at 10:00 am, followed by a family service at Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet.
Charles was a family man, a practical man, a handyman, a charitable man, and a man of integrity.