"Bernie was a very refreshing character to be around. He liked politics and had a great sense of humor," said Brian J. Karem, managing editor of The Sentinel. "He took the work seriously but never himself. He never made that mistake."
Mr. Karem said one of the most impressive things about Dr. Kapiloff was his lifelong stand on civil rights and how he "strove for The Sentinel to be an independent voice and critical, when need be, of both the left and right."
"He believed a newspaper's job was to inform readers as accurately as possible and not slant things. Tell the stories straight and let readers make up their minds," he said. "He never presumed he was more important than his readers. That to me is very refreshing in this day and age."
Dr. Kapiloff had been a longtime supporter of Israel and was the former president of the Maryland Council of the Jewish National Fund. He had served on the boards of The Associated and Israel Bonds and was a supporter of the Talmudical Academy.
In the early 1960s, he and his family moved to a Georgian-style home on North Charles Street at St. Dunstan Road in Homeland.
"Bernie was proud of being a Jew and was one of the first Jewish families to move into that neighborhood, and he made the decision that he wanted people to know that he was Jewish," said Mr. Cardin. "He didn't try to blend in, he was right out there."
He often used Yiddish expressions and he and his wife had hosted many Zionist fundraisers at their home, where they flew an Israeli flag from a front-yard flagpole.
Dr. Kapiloff told The Baltimore Sun in a 1980 article that he and his family had been the objects of repeated anti-Semitic threats.
Beginning in 1977, the family suffered five fire bombings, four of which failed to ignite or caused relatively little damage. But in August 1980, a Molotov cocktail thrown into the home caused more than $100,000 in damage; the Kapiloffs escaped without being injured.
The incident was subsequently investigated by the FBI. "They never found out who did it," said his wife.
In addition to his medical and newspaper career, Dr. Kapiloff and his brother Leonard owned and operated a development company that built projects in Montgomery County and several in Baltimore.
Dr. Kapiloff was also a noted philatelist.
"His work, charity and family were his hobbies," his wife said.
He was a member of Beth Am Synagogue and Beth Tfiloh Congregation.
Services were Thursday at Sol Levinson & Bros.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Dr. Kapiloff is survived by two sons, Mark Kapiloff of Bethesda and Michael Kapiloff of Miami; and two granddaughters.