Robert Capin Ph.D.
Rosenberg Funeral Chapel - Wilkes Barre
348 S. River St
Wilkes Barre, PA

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.

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President Capin was a fine gentleman who was a pleasure to know. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Michael T. Beachem, IV -
President, Class of 1998
Michael T. Beachem, IV
July 12, 2015
David and Family,

We were so saddened to hear of your loss; please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Bob, Marbee & Chris Sulitka
June 27, 2015
I was so sad to hear that Bobby has passed away. He was charming, handsome and so loving to our family. My father adored him like a son and was so proud of him. Now they are both gone and they will be forever missed. I wish you all a long life. Elise Koton Rushovich
Elise Rushovich
June 24, 2015
I am a student at Wilkes and I am honored to be attending. I am thankful that Robert Capin was such a caring intelligent leader. May he rest in peace.
Anna Robbins
June 23, 2015
Bob always had a smile and a glint in his eyes, especially when he was telling a story. Bob loved nothing more than to share his wisdom and love of music with the people around him. We may have only known Bob for a short time, but the memories we share and our love for his family will last far longer.
CC and Ed Connor
June 23, 2015
Dave and family,
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was a very kind, down to earth person. He always made the time to talk with me when we crossed paths.

- Larry Coblentz (Boston, MA)
June 23, 2015
vey sorry for the loss of our lifetime friend.arnold/ruth taren.he will be missed by many,many friends
June 23, 2015
sorry to hear of your loss of our very good friend.he will be missed by many ,many friends arnold and ruth taren
June 23, 2015
Sorry to hear of the passing of Bob Capon, my dad,James Adonizio,thought the world of him.
June 23, 2015
We were very sad to hear of your loss. My family loved and admired Bob and my father was so proud of him. We will remember him with love.
Michele Koton Cooperberg
michelr cooperberg
June 23, 2015
The loss of a parent is always very difficult. We share in your loss.

Marty and Nancy Kelly
C M Kelly
June 23, 2015
Your Dad & Grandfather was the most influential person during my undergraduate & graduate years at Wilkes. Thank you for sharing him with Wilkes and the community.
Bill Mainwaring 65&72
June 23, 2015
I was fortunate to be on the academic staff as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies from 1978 to 1981. I remember Dr. Capin's gracious treatment of our ROTC academic staff and his intentional inclusion of us as regular faculty - even though we were temporarily assigned. My wife graduated in 1982 after I left so we are always tied to Wilkes and its family. Bob's contribution to the University can never be exaggerated. We extend our condolences to the Capin family for their loss.

LCol (Ret) Kenneth and Justine Johnson
Kenneth Johnson
June 23, 2015
Words cannot fill the emptiness you feel . Sorry for the loss of your dad . It was a great joy to me to help and get to know your dad . if only a short while in his time of need . " Blest are they who weep and mourn they shall be comforted "
Robert nurse and friend
June 23, 2015
Sorry to hear of your loss. We remember Dr. Capin when he was the director of the evening session at Wilkes. He was a mentor who taught me many things. To us he was also the president of the Synagogue and the father of the students we taught. Our sincerest condolences to all of you and may his memory serve as a blessing forever.
Rabbi Joseph and Mashe Katz (Baltimore, MD)
June 23, 2015
Your Dad and Grandfather was not only a brilliant teacher and administrator but he was also the kindest of men. My husband, of blessed memory, always felt honored to call him his friend. He will be missed by the entire community. My sincere and heartfelt condolences. Sincerely, Sue Strassman
Sue Strassman
June 22, 2015
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