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Jack A. Kaplan


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Jack A. Kaplan Obituary
December 19, 1926 - January 1, 2018 Prominent and respected Beverly Hills stock broker and investment advisor Jack Kaplan passed away peacefully at home in Brentwood Park on New Year's Day. He had just turned 91. Retired from a legendary 67-year career in the financial markets, all of which was spent in the same office beginning as an entry level board marker for Shields and Company opening its Beverly Hills office in 1950 and remaining for nearly seven decades as the brokerage names came and went. Iconic Wall Street firms including Hornblower Weeks, Loeb Rhoades, Shearson Lehman American Express, Smith Barney and most recently Morgan Stanley all placed their monikers on the building. Known for his high ethics and honorable trading his reputation would become legend in the Los Angeles Westside financial arena. Jack Kaplan was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 19, 1926 to parents Sam and Leah Kaplan. His father Sam died when Jack was three. Leah was nothing if not a bold, brave independent woman. Her young son Jack inherited her fortitude and ambition. "When I grow up I want to be a man in a big building," he told his mother Leah, at the ripe age of four. Kaplan's work ethic would be clearly demonstrated by the age of eight taking a paper boy position with the Herald Examiner on the corner of Main and Pier in Ocean Park. Working all the way through high school peddling papers and also bagging groceries at Safeway, Kaplan also found time to excel at baseball becoming an accomplished pitcher. With the onset of WWII and graduation from Santa Monica High, he would join the Army. Immediately after the end of the war Kaplan would enroll at UCLA in 1946 pursuing a business degree. At UCLA he would become president of his fraternity Tau Delta Phi. Jack and his future wife Gerrie Sachs attended UCLA together and graduated in 1950. They were married two days later. Married to Gerrie for 67 years, the couple would raise two children: Cathie and Craig. As Jack Kaplan's reputation spread and his success along with it, he would become very involved in a variety of community pursuits. Golf became a serious passion and Kaplan would serve as President of the Southern California Golf Association, as well as the California Golf Association. He would become President of Brentwood Country Club, and in his professional life would serve as President of the Beverly Hills Stock Exchange Club. Among his charitable endeavors were commitments to The Jewish Federation as well as many other local needs including the work of The Thalians at Cedars Sinai Hospital. Survived by his wife Gerrie, children Cathie Cook (Bruce), and Craig Kaplan (Eva); grandchildren Alexandra Pfeifer (Jeffrey), Ryan Cook, Sabrina Chazen (Alex), Elizabeth Farhut (James), and Zachary Kaplan, six great-grandchildren, and his brother Donald Kaplan (Clara). Jack Kaplan leaves behind a legacy of honor, dignity and love of family and countless friends and associates. Services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 3, 2018
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