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ASCO Mourns the Loss of Dr. Lester "Les" Caplan

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ASCO Mourns the Loss of Dr. Lester “Les” Caplan

Longtime ASCO consultant, Dr. Les Caplan passed away on December 2. He was 98 years old. Dr. Caplan was responsible for and led ASCO’s Clinic and Externship Directors and retired from ASCO a few years ago.

Dr. Caplan was a veteran of the Army before opening his private practice in the Baltimore, Maryland area. His career then took him to optometric education where he was the assistant Dean and professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry. He remained a constant mentor and leader in many areas of optometry. Per his obituary, he is recognized as the father of optometry in the Indian Health Service. He made many trips to the reservations out west to ensure that Native Americans were getting proper eye care.

Please sign his online memorial here: https://memorials.sollevinson.com/lester-caplan/4412921/#wall

Dr. Caplan will be missed.


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