• A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuaries Bethany Chapel
    Phoenix, AZ
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Selden Gourley Kent Jr. 1930 - 2012
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Monday, November 12, 2012
To the Kent family,

I worked for the late Kevin Keogh, who reported to Selden, in running the city of Phoenix bond program back in the 1970's. I was intimidated at first, as an entry level accountant, but Kevin had the utmost respect for Selden, and I followed his lead. Kevin always said that Selden was the only person he had known that had a photographic memory. I can picture Kevin and Selden now partying like they used to at GFOA conferences. I retired last year from the city of Phoenix, having served the city for 32 years, the last 15 years as city treasurer, and will never forget the admiration and respect that Kevin had for Selden.
My condolences to his family. Rest assured that he was one of the great inspirations to those of us at the city of Phoenix who looked up to him.
Barbara (Alvarez) Lang
Friday, November 09, 2012
I, among many, benifitted significantly from Selden's teaching and mentoring, many of whom became able administrators across the nation. . And he was my friend for several decades.Oh his laughter would carry thru the halls. AND what an Historian!!! And what a library he has. I will miss him so very much. I visited with him ten days before he died at the Terraces. I will cherish that visit Beverly Cone
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Seldon, we will miss you. You always brought sunshine when you came in. Your family from Melrose Pharmacy.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
My condolences to the extended family. I haven't seen Selden for some time now but my memories are still strong. Selden was one of the most outstanding people in city government that I have ever known. It was a privilege to be around him.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Selden was a key person for me at the beginning of my career in City government with the City of Phoenix in 1970. Each year the City received many applications for the administrative intern program. I probably would not have been selected for that program without Selden's support. I had a lot of respect for him as did everyone else on the City staff. He was a great person to be associated with, and I have a lot of good memories of him. May he rest in peace.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
My deepest sympathy to my dear friends David and Sally on your loss. May your father rest in peace. God bless you both.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I had the opportunity to work with Selden as his secretary in 1959 while he served as Assistant and Acting City Manager in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I was so impressed with this young man's intellectual capabilities, his integrity in a political/governmental environment and his endearing sense of humor. Loosing a dear friend is difficult but knowing Selden is at peace is comforting.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I was an intern in 1968-69 when Selden was Research and Budget Director. He set a terrific example for young people in the profession. He was so smart, hard working, yet could have fun. His Gator yell was something else. I will always be thankful for having worked for him and for all he did to make me a better person and a better local government professional.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Thinking about all of you and keeping you in my prayers. My favorite memories of Selden were when we all had the cabin in Pinewood. I got up on the roof and was too afraid to get down. Selden carried me down the ladder with his one arm. Another time when I was in kindergarten, he burst into laughter when I asked, "Selden just what is self-control." I have so many wonderful memories of both Selden and Jo. I am so grateful to have had both of them in my life. May they rest in peace together.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Selden will be greatly missed by us. He treated us so good. We are very sad to lose him. We dearly loved him.
All our love,
Tom and Frieda Winkeler
Donna and Ron Zimmerman
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