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Dan Capell Loses Battle With Cancer

Longtime circ-industry icon was 28-year publisher of Capell's Circulation Report.

Dan Capell, it was announced today by his family, died in his home on Monday after a three-year battle with cancer. Capell [pictured] was a highly respected circ-industry veteran whose 40-year career in magazines included a 28-year run as publisher of Capell's Circulation Report. The newsletter was recently taken over by John Harrington, publisher of The New Single Copy.

The announcement of Capell's death, prepared by his family, appears in full below.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of E. Daniel (Dan) Capell, age 64, who died peacefully at his home in Barnegat Light, NJ on January 11, 2010 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Dan had been a leader in the magazine circulation and direct marketing industry for over 40 years. For the last 28 years he was the editor of Capell’s Circulation Report, a newsletter which tracked the consumer magazine publishing industry.
After graduating from Bucknell University in 1967, Dan began his direct marketing career at Time, Inc. He began with Life Magazine, and rose to become Circulation Director for Sports Illustrated.  In 1973, Capell moved to Ziff Davis Publishing as a senior executive responsible for the marketing activities of twelve special interest consumer magazines.  He also served as General Manager of Ziff's Business and Trade Division, supervising marketing, manufacturing and advertising sales for thirteen properties in the travel, aviation and meetings/conventions markets.
Dan next became Vice President of Circulation for Newsweek, where he also functioned as Vice President of Venture Development.  In 1980, Capell successfully tested and launched Inside Sports, as the founding publisher of the only new magazine ever launched by Newsweek, Inc.
In 1985 Dan was hired as President of The Lake Group, a leading list consulting company. From 1993-1997, Capell was co-founder and Managing Director of Gruppo, Levey and Capell, an investment banking firm specializing in the direct marketing industry.
In 1996, Dan’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the industry were honored by his induction into the Direct Marketing Association's Circulation Hall of Fame.
Dan took great pride in the relationships he developed with industry colleagues in different capacities over the years. Some of his most rewarding professional moments included speaking to a room full of industry veterans and teaching classes of future industry leaders at Time Inc.’s new employee training program.
Dan was an avid fan and player of baseball and softball. His love of baseball began with Nottingham Little League in Hamilton Square, NJ, and went on to include Steinert High (state champs 1962), Bucknell University, 30+ years of playing softball and 17 NY Yankees titles during his lifetime.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 42 years, Kathy; his daughter, Kay; his son Matt and wife Vanessa; his sister Nanette and husband Dick; and his sister Carolyn and husband Dick.
The Capell family held a private memorial ceremony. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 22 from 5:30–7:30pm at Annie Moore’s, 50 East 43rd Street, New York, NY. It will be a casual event where you can drop by and share your memories of Dan over a drink at Dan's favorite bar. All are welcome. In the meantime, please tell us about the fondest, funniest or happiest moments you shared with Dan, or upload photos, by visiting the guest book. In lieu of flowers, please visit the “donate” section of the website.


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