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THE REV. CHARLES AUGUSTUS KAPPS, Ph.D., of Brecknock Twp., Berks County, quietly passed away Sunday morning, February 10, 2013. He was at home surrounded by his family.
Born in New York NY to Charlotte and Charles Albert Kapps, he was raised by parents dedicated to public service, intellect, and hard work. Charley graduated from Trinity School in Manhattan, and went on to University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. A member of various honor societies including: Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Tau, he held degrees in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, and Computer and Information Sciences from a time when computers were in their infancy. He assisted in the development of computer architecture and languages that would shape the future of all computer technology.
While in graduate school, Charles accepted an intern position for Raytheon. He would later come to realize he was calculating re-entry trajectories for the Apollo project. Among the earliest of computer programmers, he had access to NASA and Pentagon computers. He later served in the Army and was promoted to rank of Captain, during the Vietnam War. Assigned to the Defense Communication Agency, established by President Kennedy, he worked as an advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff developing shared communications protocols for inter-agency communication.
Upon his Army discharge, he returned to Philadelphia to teach at Temple University in what would later become the department of Computer and Information Sciences. He wrote numerous journal articles and co-authored 5 text books on computer architecture, program-ming, and languages dating back to 1973. He would eventually retire in 2010, and receive the title Professor Emeritus.
A lifelong active church member, Charles eventually answered the call the Priest-hood. He was ordained as Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1987, and then as Priest the following year. He held various positions throughout South-eastern Pennsylvania, beginning as assistant in his home parish St. Mary's, Hamilton Village. He would later be called to serve All Saints Darby, Grace and the Incarnation, and All Saints Fallsington. In retire-ment, he served as assistant at St. Thomas, Morgantown. A man of humility, leaving the laurels to the people around him, he was most likely to be found promoting and supporting the careers of his students and colleagues, and fostering the religious life of his parishioners.
In 1995 he was honored with an invitation to serve on the Committee on Science and the Arts of the Franklin Institute. He served there actively even throughout the last years of his life, promoting other great artistic and scientific contributors. In 2012, he was recognized with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Charley loved a far-off vacation and was a gifted photographer. He will be remembered for his unique sense of humor, his unmatched intellect, and his deep wisdom. One week shy of his 74th birthday, Charles finally lost a 19 month battle with metastatic cancer and is survived by his wife Marcia of 47 years, their daughters Christianne and Sarah, and one granddaughter, Cassidy.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 25th, at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 38th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets. There will be a family Visitation at 10 A.M. and a Requiem Eucharist at 11 A.M., with lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Episcopal Community Services or The Committee on Science and the Arts of The Franklin Institute. Charles would pray, "Let us be ever mindful of the needs of others."
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to GILES & YECKLEY FUNERAL HOME and Crematorium, Inc., of Mohnton.
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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Feb. 15, 2013.
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February 19, 2020
I just recently (Dec. 2019) found out that Rev. Kapps had passed. Now I am a bit upset that I did not keep in touch although I thought about it many times. Of the numerous professors whose classes at the many universities I attended, for me, Dr. Kapps was the most beloved. While pushing me to do my best he was a sweet and kind friend as well. The only way I had to show my appreciation of who he was was to write the best software for him that I could at that time. I hope he was able made good use it. I especially miss our conversations about software, engineering and life. Had I kept in touch I would have known and attended his memorial service. You are missed, Charley Kapps.
February 25, 2013
I have known the Kapps' family since I was child at St. Mary's and have distinct memories of Charley swinging the crucible during church processions. Of course I knew he was extremely talented but had no idea of the breadth of his accomplishments. He was always warm and genuine. I am so sad for his loss and will be there to honor him on the 25th.
Julia Scott Trout
February 24, 2013
I have known Charley since at least the early 1970's. I knew he was extremely accomplished and yet always so modest and friendly. First and foremost however, I will always remember his awesome sense of humor, and secondly how sweet he was to always give me a ride home on his motorcycle after I baby sat his kids.
Charley's passing is a sad milestone in my life.
Cathi Scott
February 20, 2013
Charlie will be missed by all who knew him. He was a kind and gentle man who loved the world. To: Marcia and his family-: The greatest gift we can give to those who have left us is to live fully in their place."Bless you all.
Cindy Shepard
February 20, 2013
He was an awesome, kind and happy person. His spirit will be missed.
Lori from the Abramson Cancer Center, UPHS
Lori Cox
February 19, 2013
We will miss Charley. He was kind,funny and a pleasure to be around. Our world is a little less bright without him in it. We will never forget him.
Kerry and Mary Stoner
Mary Stoner
February 18, 2013
We knew him as Charlie at the U of PA. He was very bright and approachable. It is sad to read that he died.
Bill Keltz
February 15, 2013
Many of us at St Mary's Reading came to know Fr Charles one summer when he served as supply priest. Before and after the HE, he shared stories with us and brought in photos for us to view. I loved the photos he shared with us and the manner inwhich he presented them. He had not only a keen mind but a keen eye for composition. We kept in touch afterwards online sporadically. He was a most remarkable, kind, knowledgable man who loved his family deeply and served his God so very well. I feel very privileged to have crossed his path and will continue to remember him. May he rise in glory and rest in peace.
Jennifer-Ann Ross
February 14, 2013
Charles was a wonderful priest and friend who I had the privilege of getting to know when I came to St. Thomas' in Morgantown, PA. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Rev. Dolores Evans
February 14, 2013
Offering our deepest sympathies during this time.
The Staff of Giles & Yeckley Funeral Home
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