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Stanley Kaplan dies

The founder of the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers Ltd., the prep center for standardized tests, died Sunday. He was 90.

From the ABC News obit:

Stanley H. Kaplan passed away from natural causes on Sunday at his home in New York City. He started his company from his parents’ Brooklyn home in 1938, which later became a chain of over 100 centers nationally.

Kaplan, rejected from medical school, believed that students should have access to higher education based on their capabilities, not connections. He began Kaplan centers to help students with SAT and other admissions tests.

Kaplan gave four- and five-figure gifts to a wide array of Jewish causes, including the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, the UJA-Federation of New York, Jewish Family and Children Services, the Boston Jewish Film Festival and a number of synagogues.

Among his biggest philanthropic investments was Storahtelling. He made two gifts, one of $50,000 and another of $25,000 to the organization in 2008.