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James 'Jimmy' Kaplanges

James 'Jimmy' Kaplanges

James "Jimmy" Kaplanges, who developed and marketed an industrial cleaner strong enough to make graffiti disappear, died of cancer complications Sunday at Atlantic General Hospital in Worcester County. The former East Baltimore resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Konstantinos Kaplanges and his wife, Katina. Raised on Oldham Street, he was a 1954 graduate of Patterson Park High School, where he played football and lacrosse. He studied to be a chemist at the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Kaplanges first learned about cleaning agents from his father and mother, who ran a lunchroom, the Harbour Court Inn, at Light and Barre streets in the then-industrial...