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Remembering Claire

Claire Kaplan, 1914-2002

By Marc Tarasuck

When asked to write a few words about Claire, who passed away August 26th, my immediate feeling was one of honor and apprehension.

It's so easy to forget something about a wonderful person. Children: two, Philip and Judy. Loving wife for 60 years of Joe, who passed away in 1996. Proud grandmother of Neal, Shaun and Elise and blessed with great granddaughter Te'a in 2001.

But there was more to this dear woman than just statistics. The Claire I knew helped found SOHO and was a feisty board member. She wrote columns for the monthly newsletter and was more than a tour guide, a tour guide extraordinaire, for historic home tours. Claire was determined. She was relentless in her dedication to SOHO.

Claire was always accepting of everyone's individuality. As the years went on, she would call and talk about things slipping away. She so badly wanted to keep up with her friends, knowing that Alzheimer's disease was creeping in.

Claire was a true friend, and a close confidant. I'll always remember Claire and know that those confidences we shared are now with her somewhere else. She believed in living by the 'Golden Rule', not just when it was convenient, but at all times. In true fashion, Claire's family have asked that donations in her memory be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 8514 Commerce Avenue, San Diego, 92121 or SOHO, 2476 San Diego Ave., San Diego, 92110.

2002 - Volume 33, Issue 4

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