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Seymour came to Rollins in 1978 as the twelfth president of the
During his twelve-year tenure, he not only transformed the
through fund-raising efforts, but also enhanced academic
liberal arts education and strengthened the relationship with
was born on June 29, 1928, in New York City.
His father was Whitney North Seymour, a well-known
president of the American Bar Association.
Seymour attended Princeton and the University of
Berkley as an undergraduate. From
there, he went to the University of North Carolina, studied 18th
century English literature, and received his master’s degree and
Seymour began his academic career as an English professor
Dartmouth, and five years later became Dean of the College.
coming to Rollins, Seymour served as president of Wabash College
Indiana for nine years.
Rollins, Seymour led the college’s centennial celebration,
the Walk of Fame, raised funds for the construction of the Olin
and the Cornell Social Science Building, reinstated the Fox Day,
actively contributed to various community activities.
He served as chairman, vice-chairman, and committee
numerous academic and civic organizations. Throughout his life,
is widely known not only as dean and college president, but also
inspiring teacher, a caring counselor, a supportive friend, a
magician and a leading citizen of the community.
Upon his retirement in 1990, Seymour received an honorary degree from Rollins College. He has also been recognized with honorary doctorates from Wilkes College (Pa.), Butler University, and Indiana State University. In 1994, he received the Citizens Award from the Sullivan Committee. Three years later, in 1997, Seymour and his wife, Polly, became Winter Park’s Citizens of the Year, in recognition of their continued service in the community.