Dr. Harvey W. Caplan

Dr. Harvey W. Caplan, M.D., 74, of San Francisco, California, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully in his home on May 31, 2014.

Born June 23, 1939, Harvey was the son of the late Dr. Aaron Caplan, who died in 1999, and Annie Margolis Caplan, who died in 2003.

Harvey was Salutatorian of the 1957 graduating class of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City. He received his B.S. degree in pre-medical studies from Swarthmore College and went on to earn his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After finishing his medical internship at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, he spent the Viet Nam years in the Public Health Corps. Afterwards, he entered his residency in cardiology at Stanford University in California. Harvey’s work with Planned Parenthood led him to his ultimate calling in psychiatry. His many adoring patients have always been grateful for his wise counsel. Harvey was an avid sports enthusiast. He played baseball and basketball for Lincoln High, and served as pitcher for his college baseball team. His greatest love was classical music: he was a fine violinist and also considered an encyclopedia of knowledge on music, composers, and performers.

Harvey was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine Auerbach.

He is survived by his two daughters, Sarah Caplan (Russell Fong) and Jackie Caplan-Auerbach (Pete Stelling); his sisters, Barbara Caplan Azizo of Brooklyn, New York, and Rebekah Caplan of Alamo, California; 4 grandchildren, Mischa Fong, Angus Fong, and the twins, Naomi and Tucker Stelling;

The family shares our loss with Harvey’s devoted family and lifetime friends, including his family at Perry’s in San Francisco.

A Graveside Celebration of Harvey’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday June 6, 2013 at Beth Shalom Cemetery, 1501 Anderson Avenue, Shaler Township (Pittsburgh).

Memorial donations may be made to The San Francisco Symphony or The American Heart Association.

The TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, 724.758.4504, is entrusted with arrangements.

Directions to Beth Shalom Cemetery from Ellwood City

Take I-79 South to I-279 South to Exit 5, Perrysville Avenue.

Cross over Perrysville Avenue and follow Cemetery Lane 1.5 miles to Babcock Boulevard.

Follow Babcock Boulevard for 1 mile and make a left onto Thompson Run Road.

After 1.2 miles, make the third right onto Vilsak Road.

Make the second right onto Anderson Road.

Beth Shalom Cemetery will be on the right after 0.7 miles.

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