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WTAMU Faculty Member, Family Killed in Plane Crash

Nov. 11, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Faculty Member, Family Killed in Plane Crash

CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University community is saddened by the deaths of Dr. Robin Capt, assistant professor of education, and her 19-year-old son William Michael Capt II, a pre-med major at WTAMU.

The College of Education and Social Sciences will conduct a memorial service for Dr. Robin Capt at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Alumni Banquet Facility on campus. The service is open to all WTAMU faculty, staff and students.

A scholarship has been established in memory of Dr. Robin Capt. Contributions can be sent to the WTAMU Foundation or the College of Education and Social Sciences, OM 410, Post Office Box 60208, Canyon, Texas 79016.

Capt, her son William and her husband, William Michael Capt, were killed in a plane crash in the early morning hours of Nov. 11 in Potter County. Their fixed wing, single-engine plane was reported missing around 2 a.m. after it had been reDr. Robin Captrouted from Amarillo’s Tradewind Airport to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. Searchers found the downed plane at approximately 7:15 a.m. in a lake bed north of U.S. 60 and east of Parsley Road. There were no other occupants in the plane.

Capt joined the WTAMU faculty in August 2008 after serving as chief operating officer of Capt and Smart Consulting Engineers, Inc. from 1995-2008. She joined WTAMU’s Graduate School in 2009 as associate dean and had recently returned to the classroom to teach education courses in the College of Education and Social Sciences. She was the recipient of a 2009 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and a 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Award from the Southwest Educational Research Association.

Her son, William Michael, was classified as a junior at WTAMU.

“Dr. Capt was an outstanding faculty member, who was dedicated to her students and to the college,” Dr. Eddie Henderson, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, said.

University officials shared the news about the Capt family with members of the Department of Education earlier today. Dr. Wade Shaffer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Capt’s classes will be covered by fellow faculty members who will step in and follow her course outlines so students can complete the classes and receive credit.

The WTAMU community has been saddened by several tragedies this fall. In August, a car wreck claimed the lives of three students—Clint Diaz, Andrew Duncan and Eric Harrison—after a “Texas” cast party. Another student, Cade Klink, died Friday, Nov. 8 while at work for a local roofing company.




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Lyntoria Davis
on 2.23.2014

I was introduced to Dr. Capt as a undergraduate. I had never met such a warm, caring, loving and passionate soul as Dr. Capt. Through her motivating words and enthusiastic classes, I'm now a teacher and graduate student. I'm saddened by the loss of a GREAT woman but her legacy lives on through all the lives she touched. I love you Dr. Capt and you will forever be in my heart.

Charles Scaife and Rita Scaife
on 12.4.2013

Dearest Emily and Liz. Our hearts are broken for you. We love you. Charlie and Rita

Sally Rushmore
on 11.20.2013

The Kappa Delta Pi family was shocked and saddened to hear of the deaths of Robin, her husband, and her son. She had attended and presented at our biennial convention in Dallas Oct. 24-26. Many of us had interacted with her there and been in email contact with her since then. We will miss her as a KDP Counselor, convention and webinar presenter, and valued member and friend. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to her other children, her students, and her colleagues.

Stephanie Ensey Bolton
on 11.19.2013

Dr. Capt was the most effective teacher I have ever had. Not a single class with her was boring. She had a gift and I am honored that I was able to be one of her students. My condolences go out to her family.

Crystal Oliver
on 11.17.2013

Our hearts and condolences go out to everyone who has lost someone close to them following these tragedies. My boyfriend went to school with Cade Klink from Wellington, Texas. Our prayers are with every one of the lives lost from the WTAMU family and may each one walk beside our LORD for eternity!!!

Kim Day
on 11.14.2013

Dr. Capt was a joy to have as a teacher. She had the ability to look at everyone's point of view and taught her class do to the same! I feel blessed to have taken her classes, she will be missed.

Jack & Judy Litty
on 11.13.2013

Robin grew up next door to us in Carrollton. She and our son were the very best of friends. She was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Our family is devastated by the loss of she, Mike and Bill.

Tomeko Brown
on 11.13.2013

As a distance learning student, she was one of my first Professors for the Spring semester. Just by my interactions with her through email and the way she ran her classes, I could tell she had a passion for her students to learn. My prayers go out to everyone.

Laura Loya
on 11.13.2013

Dr. Capt was the most kind, compassionate, understanding and responsible instructor I ever had. We lift up our prayers to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

Dr. Nancy Cartwright
on 11.13.2013

My prayers and thoughts are with Robin's family and her WT community. I know she will be greatly missed.

Ashley I.
on 11.12.2013

Prayers go out to Dr. Capt's family. She was a lovely professor, mentor and honor society leader. We will miss her greatly. I'm very thankful for all of the knowledge she imparted and for her being so loving and caring through my struggle last semester with my brother passing away.

Peter Howard
on 11.12.2013

Dr. Capt was a wonderful teacher who inspired and challenged her students to strive for excellence. She will be greatly missed.

Lisa Opdyke
on 11.11.2013

Dr. Capt was the first teacher to welcome me back as a returning student. She was kind, compassionate, and my heart is heavy to hear the news. WTAMU lost a jewel.