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KAPLAN
JUDGE LAWRENCE W.
Of Oakland, age 90, passed
away on Monday, February 18,
in the company of his beloved
wife of 66 years, Natalie. He
leaves behind a legacy of
dedicated public service and
community leadership,
culminating in 30 years as a
judge in the Family Division of
the county's Court of Common
Pleas. Judge Lawrence was a
man of wisdom, integrity, a
keen sense of humor that
everyone loved. Son of the
late Dr. Edward and Libby
Kaplan and brother to the late
David Kaplan, Larry was the
devoted father of Thomas
Ross (Pamela) Kaplan, Ellen
Teri Kaplan (Michael) Goldstein
and Jon Adler Kaplan, and he
treasured his grandchildren,
Samantha, Sydney, and
Matthew, as well as his
granddaughter-in-law-to-be,
Samantha. Larry warmly
embraced his wife's family
and will be dearly missed by
the Adler clan: brother-in-law
extraordinaire, Dr. Lawrence
Adler; nephews, Jason
(Mandee) and Aaron (Lauren);
and great-nieces, Rebecca,
Sara Pearl, Langley, and
Roxanna. He is also mourned
by nephew and great-nephew,
Paul (Stacey) Kaplan and Drew
Kaplan. Born and raised in
Uniontown, Larry graduated
from Uniontown High School,
earned his B.A. from the
University of Pennsylvania,
and received his J.D. from the
University of Pittsburgh School
of Law. He was an Army
lieutenant, serving as a Judge
Advocate General of?cer in
the Pentagon for three years.
He began his legal career in
Pittsburgh as a bank trust
of?cer and then joined the law
?rm of Kaufman and Harris,
where he remained as partner
for 22 years. Judge Kaplan was
appointed to the bench
through the merit selection
process in 1978 by Governor
Milton Shapp. He was elected
to a 10 year term in 1979,
retained for another term in
1989, and became nationally
recognized for his judicial
expertise in domestic relations
law. The judge took particular
pride in his work to promote
mediation for con?ict
resolution and his efforts on
behalf of children. It was at his
urging and with the help of his
wife that the local chapter of
National Council of Jewish
Women established the
Children's Rooms in the
Courts, providing children
whose parents or guardians
were tied up in judicial
proceedings with a safe haven
removed from the dif?culties
of the courtroom. The
Allegheny County Bar
Association recognized his
achievements in the area of
mediation by creating an
annual lecture series in his
honor. After assuming Senior
Judge status in 1998, Larry
remained on the bench until
required to retire in 2008. He
then continued to use his legal
skills to help families by
joining Rothman Gordon as
part of the law ?rm's
alternative dispute resolution
practice group. His leadership
positions, professional
associations, distinguished
awards, and community
activities were simply too
numerous to list here, and
they re?ected his keen
interest in the law, social
justice, his neighborhood, the
city at large, and the Jewish
community. He was also quite
the song-and-dance man and
made many appearances
singing onstage with various
organizations. Services at
Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905
Fifth Avenue (at Morewood)
on Friday, February 22, 2019 at
11 a.m. Visitation one and one
half hour prior to services,
(9:30 - 11 a.m.). Interment
West View Cemetery of Rodef
Shalom Congregation.
Contributions may be made to
Carriage House Children's
Center Scholarship Fund, 5604
Solway Street, Pittsburgh, PA
15217 or UJF, 2000 Technology
Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or
Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905
Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
15213 or Alph House, 435
Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
15206. Arrangements entrusted
to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL,
INC ., family owned and operated. 
www.schugar.com
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PostedFebruary 21, 2019