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Ralph Kaplan Memorial Award

The Ralph Kaplan Memorial Award was developed to keep Ralph Kaplan’s Memory alive and honor his passion for helping CEA members embrace the use of technology. The recipient of the award will be chosen from presenters at the CEA International Conference who have demonstrated the use of technology and/or promoted technology through their conference presentation. The winner of the award will receive a $200.00 honorarium. Presenters wishing to be considered for the award need to complete the nomination form.


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In Memoriam

Ralph Kaplan, 58, died December 8, 2010, after a struggle with cancer.  He was born in the Bronx, NY, on May 17, 1952, and was a resident of North Carolina since 1985. 

Ralph had a long educational history with a B.S. from Queens College, an M.S. from Ithaca College, a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, and an MLS from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Work was IT focused with careers at Perdue Inc., CP&L, Barton College, NC LIVE, and the North Carolina Community College System.  His latest job was as Director of the North Carolina Learning Object Repository. 

Ralph had many interests ranging from computers, woodworking, tennis, cooking, photography, and paddle tennis.  He was also a licensed private pilot and real estate broker. 

His volunteer work with the Correctional Education Association included development of the first CEA website.  He was the brains behind the Correctional Education Special Collection for the National Institute for Literacy and managed CEA’s listserv for years.  His latest project was the Correctional Education On-line Repository.  

Ralph Kaplan was an educator, librarian, researcher, colleague, and friend.  His legacy will forever touch CEA because of his generosity in naming CEA as a beneficiary of his estate.




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