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Lillian S. Kaplan, religious leader

Lillian S. Kaplan, 92, a program analyst for the National Institutes of Health who became the first female president of a national Jewish denomination, what is now the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, died Feb. 8 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said her daughter, Susan Kaplan.

Mrs. Kaplan, a Rockville resident, was an NIH program analyst from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. From 1984 to 1988, she served as president of what was then the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot.

She was a founding member of the Reconstructionist Havurah of Greater Washington and Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda.

Lillian Schoolman was a New York City native and a 1941 biology graduate of Hunter College in New York. She moved to the Washington area in 1951.

Her husband of 35 years, David Kaplan, died in 1986. Survivors include her two children, Len Kaplan of Kfar Shmuel, Israel, and Susan Kaplan of Falls Church; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

— Megan McDonough

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