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A Celebration of Life: Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H

February 11, 2019

By Rob Humphreys ’16MBA

Thaddeus Seymour, Rollins' 14th president.
Photo by Scott Cook.

A service of remembrance for Rollins’ 12th president, Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H, will take place Sunday, November 3.


Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H, Rollins’ 12th president from 1978 to 1990, died this past Saturday, October 26, at his Winter Park home. He was 91.

Seymour possessed a genuine brand of magic that touched countless lives, from students and families to faculty, staff, and the greater Orlando community. A beloved campus icon, accomplished magician, public servant, and academic visionary who returned the College to its liberal arts roots—while famously reinstating Fox Day—Seymour is survived by Polly, his wife of 71 years, and their four children: Liz, Thaddeus Jr., Sam, and Abigail.

A celebration of Seymour’s life will be held at Rollins’ Knowles Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. A reception will follow. For those who are unable to attend, the service will be streamed live on the Office of the President website.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Dr. Seymour’s honor be made to Rollins College (P.O. Box 864168, Orlando, FL 32886-4168) or Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland (P.O. Box 1196, Winter Park, FL 32790-1196).

Read more about the life of Thaddeus Seymour and his indelible impact on Rollins and the community.


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