Howard B. Kaplan died in Houston, Texas, on October 9, 2011, from complications following a valiant struggle against sepsis. Dr. Kaplan was a Regents Professor, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, the Mary Thomas Professor of Liberal Arts, and the director of the Laboratory for Studies of Social Deviance at Texas A & M University.
Dr. Kaplan was the series editor for the well-known Handbooks of Sociology and Sociological Research series, with more than 20 volumes published. Prior to his death Dr. Kaplan was developing a new book series entitled Frontiers in Sociology and Social Research. Dr. Kaplan had over 200 publications and his articles have appeared in journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Forces, American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of General Psychiatry, and numerous other sociological, psychiatric and interdisciplinary behavioral science journals.
Dr. Kaplan was internationally known and regarded as an expert in the areas of deviance, social psychology and medical sociology . It was a privilege to have worked with him.
Springer very much values Dr. Kaplan’s commitment over the years, and we are grateful for the beautiful collection of books he helped establish.