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.