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Raymond A. Cappellini

Raymond Cappellini, 90, professor emeritus and a chair of the former Department of Plant Pathology, passed away on July 19, 2016, at his Meridian, Idaho, home.

A celebration of life service will be held in the coming weeks. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Nampa, Idaho. An online guest book is available at

Cappellini, a member of the Rutgers faculty for 36 years, was chair of the former Department of Plant Pathology from 1977 to 1992. His research program focused on postharvest diseases of fruit (primarily blueberries and cranberries), and he was a pioneer in the use of controlled environments (carbon dioxide/oxygen content) to enhance fruit longevity for long-distance shipping.

Remembered as a fun-loving, animated, and chatty colleague, Cappellini was instrumental in the hiring of many of the current senior faculty plant pathologists housed in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

He is survived by his wife, LaDonna; his children, A. Celeste Somers (Bruce), Michele C. Fisher (Robert), Paulette Cappellini (Stan Edwards), and Andrea Cappellini (Craig Lindemann); his stepchildren, Jay, Jeff, and Jac Webb; and several grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to his late granddaughter's fund—the Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Education Fund, c/o the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC), 4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 107, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46205, or online at Proceeds go toward helping improve the lives of young children in the areas of reading, nutrition, physical activity, and art and creativity.

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