KINGSTON — Robert Capin, Ph.D, of Kingston, died Monday, June 22, 2015.
Born in Harrisburg, Feb. 6, 1926, he was a son of the late Samuel and Mary Capin. He earned a Bachelors of Science in accounting at Wilkes College, class of 1950, earned a Masters of Business Administration at Lehigh University and was conferred honorary Doctorate degrees at Misericordia University and at Wilkes University.
He served our country, in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Robert's distinguished career at Wilkes University spanned almost 50 years. He was an adjunct professor, tenured professor in accounting, Dean of Evening and Summer College and Dean of Academic Affairs. He was best known as a remarkable teacher, mentor and advisor. He was the third President of Wilkes University; from 1974 through 1984. He holds the distinction of being the only Wilkes graduate to become President of the institution.
His former students honored him by establishing the Robert S. Capin Accounting Scholarship Fund. Wilkes University also honored him by establishing the Robert S. Capin chair in Accounting and named Capin Hall, a building on the Wilkes University campus, in his honor.
He served on numerous boards of directors for charitable and not for profit organizations including, Board of The National Institute of Health, Jewish Community Center, where he also served as executive director, The Hoyt Library, Osterhout Free Library, The United Way, Executive Director of Jewish Family Services, Ecumenical Enterprises, President Emeritus of Wilkes University, President of Congregation Ohav Zedek and many other organizations.
He had a passion for music and was a member of the JCC Klezmer band.
Robert continued his distinguished teaching career when he began a weekly current events class at the Jewish Community Center. He combined his gift of teaching, his interest in current events, camaraderie with his contemporaries, social interaction and intellectual stimulation. His classes became legendary and well attended for over 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, the former Libby Smulovitz; and daughter, Deborah Buckler.
Dr. Capin is survived by daughter, Ellen Haeussler and her husband, Robert; son, David Capin and his wife, Joyce; grandchildren, Jeffrey Lubin, Mark Lubin, Rea Bochner, Joshua Buckler, Aaron Buckler, Shira Dragun, Abigail Capin and Claire Capin; and great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be noon today at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center on the campus of Wilkes, corner of West River and South River Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Anshe Sfard Cemetery, Demunds. Shiva will be observed from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Presidents Home at Wilkes University, 30 W. River St., Wilkes Barre. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert S. Capin Accounting Scholarship Fund; The Robert S Capin Honorary Chair of Accounting at Wilkes University; or a charity of choice.
Arrangements by Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Wilkes-Barre.
For more information, visit www.rosenbergfuneralchapel.com.