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John Capsis ’50

Published in Mar. 25, 1998, issue

John Capsis, a wellknown resident of Westport, Conn., since 1958, died Nov. 26, 1997, after major heart surgery. He was 72.

A native of Detroit, John entered the Army in Aug. 1943 after graduation from George Washington H.S. in NYC. During WWII, he served with the 32nd Infantry Division in the Pacific theater and was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor.

At Princeton John was a member of Tower Club and devoted much of his time to theater. He graduated with a BA in English. His career in writing, producing, and directing films took him around the world.

He was an executive at several ad agencies in NYC. A colleague recalled John as a "very, very elegant man, classy and tasteful." John won numerous Clio Awards during his career and gained admittance to the Clio Hall of Fame in 1960, 1962, and 1964.

Since 1980 John had been a columnist and feature writer for two of Westport's newspapers. For one he chronicled trends within Westport's large retail and real estate communities.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Abaof, whom he married shortly after graduation; two daughters, Daniela C. Ligett and Gabrielle C. Belfit; two brothers, George and Paul; and four grandchildren, to whom the class offers its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1950

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