Esther Capin

esther capin

Esther N. Capin, 78, died July 14, 2013.

Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, she moved to Nogales, Ariz., in 1955 when she married Richard L. Capin. She was instrumental in developing mental health services for the Nogales community as well as a modern public library. She served as a lay person on the Arizona Board of Medical Examiners and served on the Arizona Board of Regents for 16 years. She was a founding chair member of the University of Arizona Health Center, where she served as a board member for 24 years.

Survivors include her children, Donna M. Capin, M.D., of Tucson, Norman A. Capin of Cave Creek, Ariz., Elizabeth (Gordon) Capin Keith of Scottsdale, James B. (Victoria) Capin of Tucson, and Bonnie (Russell) Capin Dunnum of Solana Beach, Calif.; sisters, Rayna Gellman of Tucson and Roberta Bracker of Nogales; sister-in-law, Frances Freid of Omaha, Neb.; companion, Jack Marks, M.D., and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Temple Emanu-El with Rabbi Richard Safran officiating. Interment was in the Nogales Jewish Cemetery with Rabbi Jason Holtz officiating. Arrangements were made by Adair’s Carroon Mortuary.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Esther N. Capin and Richard L. Capin Endowment Fund, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, 2250 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719.