Test Prep Leader Stanley H. Kaplan Dies

Stanley H. Kaplan, the man who founded what would become the Washington Post Co.’s biggest source of revenue, died Aug. 23 of natural causes.

Kaplan, 90, was founder and former chairman of Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers, a small test preparation business he started in his parents’ Brooklyn, N.Y., home in 1938. Kaplan retired from the company he founded in 1994. The Washington Post Co. acquired Kaplan in 1984.

Kaplan, who lived part-time in Boca Raton, is credited not only with creating an industry, but also with starting one of the country’s first and largest for-profit education companies.

Kaplan began expanding his home-based business in the 1940s to include preparation courses for the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). By the time he sold the business to the Washington Post Co. four decades later, Kaplan Education Centers had expanded to more than 100 centers and hundreds of satellite offices serving 95,000 students.

After retiring, Kaplan served as president and director of the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation. (bizjournals.com)

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