Lester Caplan Death, Obituary – When he passed away on December 2nd, 2022, Dr. Lester Caplan, who had been a resident of Rancho Mirage, California all his life, had reached the age of 98. Lester began his professional career as an optometrist in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland, after returning from his service in the Army during World War II. After the war, he had served in the Army during the war. After the death of his first wife, he went on to have another successful career as an academic at the University of Alabama, where he eventually retired as an assistant dean and professor emeritus. He later married a second time and had two more children.
He established himself as a prominent figure in the field of public health optometry at all three levels of government: local, state, and federal. Within the context of the Indian Health Service, it is generally agreed upon that he was the one who established the profession of optometry. In order to ensure that Native Americans living on reservations in the west made proper use of the vision care that was provided to them, he spent a significant amount of time traveling throughout those reservations. Lester was a model of grace and humility throughout his entire life, especially when he was helping other people.
His children, Eric Scott Caplan, who is married to Dustin Heyborne, and Bruce Caplan, who is married to Elizabeth, are the only ones who will remember him after his passing. In addition, he is survived by his stepdaughter Lori Hollander, who is married to Robert Hollander, and by his grandchildren Eric (Morgan) Caplan, Sarah Caplan, Jill Hollander, and Kevin Hollander. Lori Hollander is married to Robert Hollander. Great-grandson Landon, also known as Elijah, is shown in this picture along with his dog friend Maddie. His first wife, Florence Shenker Caplan, as well as his second wife, Arlene Wilder Caplan (nee Cohen), as well as his stepdaughter, Harriet Wilder, as well as his siblings Raymond V. Caplan and Philamae Caplan, as well as his parents, Jeannette and Hyman Caplan, all died before him. His stepdaughter, Harriet Wilder, also died before him.
His parents, Jeannette and Hyman Caplan, also Funeral services are scheduled to take place at Sol Levinson’s Chapel on Friday, December 9th, 2022 at 10:30 AM. The chapel can be found at 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, Maryland 21208. Beth Israel Cemetery of the Mikveh Kodesh was chosen as the final resting place for the deceased. We would appreciate it if you could skip the flowers. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Jewish Federation of North America, or the Anti-Defamation League are all worthy recipients of memorial contributions that can be made in his name. On Saturday, the grieving family will hold a gathering at 8824 Orchard Road, Pikesville, Maryland 21208, beginning at noon and continuing until 7:00 in the evening. This will be followed by a service beginning at 6:00.