Celeste Strack Kaplan, 83, a social work educator who aided children. Kaplan, who had taught social work at USC, served as executive director of El Nido Family Services from 1973 to 1982, building it into a major multiethnic child protection agency. After her retirement, she helped found and was the first president of the Los Angeles Round Table for Children, a coalition of organizations providing children's services. Under her guidance, the Round Table helped establish the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services. Kaplan held degrees in economics from UC Berkeley and in social work from UCLA. On Friday in Los Angeles.
Dr. Adolf N. Lakes; Founder of Beverly Glen Hospital
Dr. Adolf N. Lakes, 87, the physician founder of Beverly Glen Hospital and father of U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Torrance). Born in Poland, Lakes earned his medical degree in Germany in 1934, the last year that Nazis permitted Jews to graduate from professional schools. Lakes immigrated to New York and in 1948 moved to Los Angeles. He co-founded the Medical Group of Culver City and built the Beverly Glen Hospital in West Los Angeles. After retiring from medical practice in 1976, he moved to San Francisco and then to Carlisle, Calif., when he was widowed in 1993. On Wednesday in Carlisle, of lung cancer and complications from a stroke.
Oren David Pollak; Oregon Nature Conservancy Scientist
Oren David Pollak, 39, an ecological scientist for the Oregon Nature Conservancy. Formerly with the California Nature Conservancy, Pollak was an expert in natural area management, grassland restoration and the use of controlled burning in ecological restoration. He earned his degrees at UC Berkeley, University of Colorado and UC Davis. Pollak was the author of 11 major papers on ecological research and a leading instructor at nationwide ecological seminars. On Saturday after an automobile accident in Tasmania.
Isidore Sobeloff; Fund-Raiser for Jewish Causes
Isidore Sobeloff, 99, a professional fund-raiser for Jewish causes. The Baltimore-born Sobeloff was educated at Johns Hopkins University and began his philanthropic work with the Jewish Community Center in Jersey City, N.J. He next moved to the Jewish Federation of New York City and later the New York City Welfare Council. From 1937 to 1964, Sobeloff served as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Detroit. During that time, he also was president of the National Council of Social Welfare and was on the boards of several national organizations. He concluded his career working with the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, retiring in 1968. On Thursday in Los Angeles.