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Vol. 110, No. 8


Robert M. Capuano ’73

Published in the Feb.3, 2010, issue

NOTE: The following is a corrected version of a memorial published in the Feb. 3, 2010, issue of PAW.

Robert M. Capuano died suddenly Nov.14, 2009, in Medford, N.J., after battling heart disease for many years.

Bob came to Princeton from Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass., where he was class valedictorian. His superb valedictory speech is still remembered by the high school classmates who joined him at Princeton (London, Peyton, McMorrow, Shea, and Stirling). Proud of his “North End” roots, he was a lifelong Red Sox fan. While at Princeton he was a member of Wilson College and then an independent senior year. He received a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School. Bob was most proud of the work he did junior year in a WWS policy conference on personal privacy issues. The senior who chaired the conference was Sam Alito ’72, the U.S. Supreme Court justice. When not studying, Bob enjoyed playing bridge, attending countless University sporting events, and working at Wilcox dining hall.

After Princeton, Bob received a law degree from Georgetown and then joined the judge advocate general’s (JAG) office of the Navy. He served his country honorably and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. After the Navy he went into private practice and was a partner in the firm of Stock & Stock in Marlton, N.J. During the past five years he was selected by his peers as a “super lawyer” in the area of worker’s compensation in New Jersey. He devoted his free time to golf, cooking, travel, and volunteer work for the American Heart Association. His golf skills were honed during his undergraduate summers on Cape Cod, where he worked at Oyster Harbor Country Club. He was the caddy master and experienced Caddy Shack years before the movie was released.

Bob recently remarked that his time at Princeton was memorable because of the lifelong friendships he developed. Those who knew Bob at Princeton also felt that their college experience was very special because of Bob’s friendship, loyalty, and great sense of humor. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife, Jeannine, and his children, Christina and Michael.

The Class of 1973

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Bill Jones 73 Says:

2010-02-08 09:49:20

I did not know Bob well until I got to Georgetown Law, where Bob, Fred London, Greg Plimpton, and several other members of 73 were students. I remember his love of the Red Sox, and his dismay at the improvement in the Yankees as management acquired players like Catfish Hunter, Ed Figueroa, and Micky Rivers. I knew Bob to be smart, hardworking, and funny. I will miss seeing him at Reunions.

Rick Shea 73 Says:

2010-04-01 09:39:02

I was also with Bob at Xaverian High outside of Boston. Bob lived in the North End, Boston's Little Italy tucked between downtown and the harbor. Bob couldn't have afforded to go to Xaverian, but he scored first in an eighth grade math contest, winning a full scholarship. He had to take a subway to the end of the line, then a 45-minute bus to get to suburban Westwood every day. We marveled that he did all his homework on his commute and still graduated first in the class with a 98% average (no, that's not a typo). But Bob was also down to earth, accessible, helpful, and positive. He was a big part of why, in our class of 210 boys at Xaverian, everyone got along. Bob commented on that in his valedictory address at graduation. In our class, there was no division between jocks and nerds, or between hippies and straights. There were no fights, just a sense of personal respect. Bob played a big part in setting that tone. A very special guy.
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