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SIDNEY KAPLAN, 80, a leading scholar of black culture and history in America and an analyst of how blacks are portrayed, died Tuesday. In 1963, Mr. Kaplan and an art gallery organized a seminal exhibit on portrayals of blacks in American painting. His latest work was as a consultant for the Public Broadcasting System series The Civil War and its forthcoming Africans in America. His books included The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution, written with his wife, Emma, and American Studies in Black and White.

STANLEY JOSEPH HARDMAN, 70, whose company made the "moon boots" used by Apollo astronauts, died June 3. Along with his father he founded Hardman Air Specialties, a tool and engineering company that produces commercial airline seats. The company, from which he retired as president in 1987, made the seats for Air Force One planes used by four presidents and also produced harnesses and safety equipment for the early astronauts, including spacesuit footgear.

Local obituaries and the Suncoast Deaths list appear in regional sections.

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