I was very saddened to hear the news of Stanley Kaplan’s passing today. I met Stanley not long after I started working for Kaplan, in 1991. It is fair to say that Stanley Kaplan is a big reason why promising students from all backgrounds have a shot at admission to top colleges and grad schools. This is both because Stanley invented the test preparation industry (in his basement!) and because he was ever afterward a relentless advocate for merit over status in admissions. He deserves a great deal of credit for turning the tide.Â What impressed me the most about him was that even though he had retired from full time CEO duties by the time I met him, he had in no way lost his infectious love of teaching or his enthusiasm for young people trying to improve their lives through education.