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Longtime FHSU instructor dies at 67

8/5/2013

By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Harriet Caplan, former instructor of business law at Fort Hays State University, died Friday at her Hays home after a two-year battle with colon cancer.

Caplan, 67, became FHSU's affirmative action officer in 1997.

She taught business courses both on campus and as instructor of record with the Chinese bachelor of general studies and bachelor of business administration programs. She became the director of the internationalization program for the College of Business and Leadership in 2011, while continuing to teach classes in China half-time.

She and her husband, Lou, a longtime instructor of physics, retired from Fort Hays in 2011.

She was active with the Humane Society of the High Plains, Hays Arts Council and Ellis County Democratic Party. She was chosen as Ellis County's delegate to participate in the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C., for what she called "a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

The Caplans stayed in Hays in retirement because, Harriet said, "We really feel a strong commitment to this town It's a community that generally has a huge amount to offer."