On February 8, Dr. Gerson Nathaniel Kaplan at the Gilchrist Hospice Center in Columbia, surrounded in body and spirit by the many people who loved him, at 82. He entered the world in Brooklyn, N.Y., the child of Seymour and Rose Kaplan. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Cooper Union and earned his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. In 1959, he married Chaya Kaplan, who would be his wife for over 62 years. During his medical career, he helped spearhead adoption of the ultrasound and other radiological procedures in the Baltimore medical community. He lived with cancer for four and a half years. Throughout that time, he acted to bolster the spirit of the people in his life. He leaves many family members, including wife Chaya Kaplan; children Mara Hahn (Harry), Jana Kaplan-Fastow (Peter) and Jason Kaplan (Ellen); grandchildren Levi, Eden, Eli, Leora, Talia, Matthew, Aaron and Jeremy; sister Elissa Macklin (Hal); brother-in-law Edward “Terry” Morman (Julie); nephews Todd Morman, Robin Macklin (Staci) and Peter Macklin; and great-nieces Jesse and Sophia.

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