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Mortimer Caplin recently stepped down as a director of Danaher Corporation, whose board he’s served on since 1990. Caplin is credited with being the oldest corporate director at a company in the S&P 500. Danaher provides measuring and diagnostic equipment. He continues to practice tax law at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C.
“I haven’t regarded age as a real factor,” said Caplin in a Bloomberg article. “It’s a question of capability and, I suppose, willingness at the same time.” His departure gives him more time to focus on two great interests of his: tax law and the University of Virginia. At UVA he is involved in the performing arts, particularly theater, and public policy, mainly through his work on an annual conference on the global economy that bears his name.
Caplin delivered a tribute to his friend and former law student, Judge Lapsley W. Hamblen Jr. ’53, at a memorial service in the center courtroom at the U.S. Tax Court in November.