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John Chapin, Former Dean at St. Petersburg College

John C. Chapin | St. Petersburg College | Deaths

Dr. John Chapin died last week after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Dr. John Chapin, who retired in September as dean of natural sciences at St. Petersburg College, died Feb. 9 after a short battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Dr. Chapin, a Pensacola native, “worked as a science faculty member and administrator at SPC until 1995, when he moved on to take a position as Associate Dean of Science, Health and Wellness at Montgomery College. He then became Dean of Math, Science and Allied Health at Polk State College. He later moved into a position as Vice President of Instruction at Guilford Technical Community College, then served as Vice President of Workforce Development at Tallahassee Community College before returning to St. Petersburg College in 2012 as Dean of Natural Sciences,” according to an obituary in the college’s faculty and staff news, the Blue and White.

The articles adds that Dr. Chapin’s “biggest legacy at St. Petersburg College will be the Bay Pines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Learning Center, a hands-on science learning complex adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway in Pinellas County.”

For the complete obituary, go to

Photo of Dr. Chapin courtesy of St. Petersburg College.

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