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Arthur H. Kaplan, Charitable Attorney, Entrepre​neur, Dies at 64

December 10, 2009
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Arthur H. Kaplan, an attorney and entrepreneur who contributed to numerous charities, died Nov. 29 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A resident of Center City, he was 64.

A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Kaplan earned a law degree from Temple University and a master's degree in taxation from New York University Law School. He was a native of Williamsport, Pa.

An expert in tax law, Kaplan was a partner with Astor, Weiss, Kaplan & Mandel. He was formerly an associate with the law firm of Ostroff & Lawler in Philadelphia.

Kaplan, who had operated ALC Environmental, a lead-testing company, with his nephew, also had been president of Ivyridge Investment Corp., and was a founding board member of First Executive Bank of Philadelphia.

He served on the boards of the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital and the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. He also chaired the Jewish National Fund, the American Friends of Haifa University, and the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association.

He was active with the Urquhart Memorial Foundation, which supports African-American college students, and research toward breast cancer and diabetes. He was honored with the Horatio Alger Award from Golden Slipper in 2002 in recognition of his support.

Kaplan is survived by his wife, the former Sharon Brown; sons Alex Kaplan and Max Kaplan; and sister Judy Sarett.

Memorial donations can be made to: the Kaplan Technology Fund, c/o the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School, 49 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood, PA 19096.

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