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Dr Samuel E Kaplan
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1915
Death: Feb. 23, 1998

When Venice's first and only hospital opened in 1951, Dr. Samuel E. Kaplan was one of the first four doctors on board.

A native of Boston, he had moved to Venice from Atlanta three years earlier to practice medicine. He had considered practicing at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, but there was a more of a need in Venice.

``We were the horsemen. That's what they called us,'' said Douglas Murphy, one of the hospital's other founding doctors.

Kaplan died Monday. He was 82.

Kaplan, the other four doctors and many others were instrumental in raising money to buy an old two-story apartment building that would become the 14-bed hospital. For years the patients had to be carried upstairs because it wasn't until several years later that an elevator was put in the facility.

Kaplan delivered the first baby at the hospital.

``He loved medicine. Medicine was his life,'' said Kaplan's son Harold J., who also is a doctor.

Kaplan graduated from University of Kansas medical school at the age of 22. By 27 he had completed his residency. He practiced medicine until he became ill about a year ago.

``He was a wonderful person. I considered him the best friend I ever had,'' said Jim Dick, a retired pharmacist who moved to Venice two years before Kaplan did. ``He's done so much for this community. I get choked up even thinking about it.''

Born Nov. 8, 1915, Kaplan was a life member of the Elks, the Rotary Club and the Shriners and a member of Temple Beth Shalom. He was an Army surgeon during World War II. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association and the Florida Medical Association.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife, Sarah; a daughter, Sheila K. Fox, and another son Robert, all of Venice; a sister, Ray Kushner of Miami; and a brother, Judge Robert O. Collins of Fort Lauderdale.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today, with the service following, at Ewing Funeral Home. Burial will be in Temple Beth Shalom Cemetery .

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101; or to Shriners Children's Hospital, 12502 N. Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612. 
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  Sarah G Kaplan (____ - 2005)*
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Temple Beth Sholom Cemetery
Sarasota County
Florida, USA
Created by: Angie Robinson
Record added: Dec 19, 2010
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