Stanley H. Kaplan

posted 2009-08-27 17:21:37 by mike

NEW YORK (AP) - The founder of the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers Ltd., who built the nation's first test preparation company, has died. He was 90.

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.

In 1984, Kaplan sold his business to The Washington Post Co. and dedicated his life to charitable causes.

He is survived by his wife, Rita, and daughters Susan B. Kaplan and Nancy Kaplan Belsky.