Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 26
Jon T. Kapala
Jon T. Died at his treasured home in Cape Neddick, Maine, on
January 31, 2021. Ellie, his wife of 59 years, was with him when
he left us.
Jon was born in 1938 in Philadelphia to Theodore and Sarah
(Gray) Kapala. He attended St. John's College High School
(1955) in Washington, DC, and later earned a B.S. degree from
Boston University, a D.M.D. from Tufts University, an M.Sc.D. in
Pedodontics, and a degree in Orthodontics from Boston
He married Eleanor (Jordan) of Seattle, WA in 1961 and they started their shared lifetime of
adventure in the Public Health Service in Poplar, MT. They settled in Sherborn, MA, and
throughout the years, Jon had private practices in Sherborn, Framingham, and Weston, MA,
as well as in Keene, NH. He was a professor at the Boston University School of Graduate
Dentistry, where he also served as Chairman of Pediatric Dentistry for 15 years. He was a
staff Orthodontist at Franciscan Children's Hospital in Brighton, MA. He worked in the Cleft
Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Clinic at Montreal Children's Hospital and was an Adjunct
Professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Among other roles in multiple dental
organizations, he served as President of the Massachusetts Society of Dentistry for Children
and President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
In recent years, Jon enjoyed traveling, cooking, golfing, and visiting with former colleagues
and students, many of whom remained his close friends throughout the years. Beyond his
family, friends, and work, his greatest love was the Boston Red Sox and he spent far too
many an evening in Loge Box 109 cheering and cursing them on.
Jon is survived by his wife Ellie, his daughter Kimberly Kapala, son Andrew Kapala and wife
Linda, sister Karen Greene and husband Henry, grandchildren Robert Jon and wife Katelyn,
Jordan Kapala, as well as many wonderful great-grandchildren, a niece, and nephews.
Services were private and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. For online
remembrances, please visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com
Donations may be made to the Cleft Palate Unit of Montreal Children's Hospital
at www.childrenfoundation.com or to any other charity that helps to put a smile on a child's
face. Jon would love to have known that this was his legacy. He is already greatly missed.