According to Dan Capron ’74, “some of the most golden moments of high school occur during after-school activities.” Not wanting to be a part of the “dreaded 2:39 Club,” Capron stayed well past the final bell to explore his passions and develop his talents. Although he played football his freshman year, he found his niche on the cross-country team where he would flourish under the tutelage of Br. Rich Grenier and Ronald Horbatiuk. He also made his mark as a member of the National Honor Society, student council, and yearbook staff.
Capron went on to become a respected workers’ compensation attorney – eventually co-founding Capron & Avgerinos, a prominent law firm in Chicago. Even during the hustle and bustle of building a law practice and raising four daughters with his wife Mary Anne, Capron managed to stay active at Marist – serving on the school’s board of directors as well as the Marist Brothers’ development board.
While Capron never seriously pursued football as a player, he later excelled on the field as a Big Ten football official, along with fellow Marist Hall of Famer Jim “Red” Ryan ‘72. Capron worked two Big Ten championship games and numerous bowl games, including the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Peach Bowl. However, the highlight of his officiating career was the national championship game in January 2018 between Alabama and Georgia. For any college football official, that is the “top of the mountain.” Capron retired from the Big Ten at the end of the 2019 season with 20 years of fond memories.
Reflecting on entering the Marist Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement, Capron ponders how the school has been so formative to him over the years. “Marist has honored me with this award, but the reverse should be true,” he said. “Whatever my achievements in life have been, I owe a great debt to the Marist Brothers, to the lay teachers, and to my classmates, all of whom pushed me, challenged me, and indelibly marked me as fundamentally ‘Marist.’ The school might appear very different now, but the Marist spirit is unchanged. To have been selected for the Marist Hall of Fame, given the thousands of brilliant and talented men and women who have traversed its hallways, is a humbling experience and one that I will cherish.”