Edwin Seipp

photoFebruary 23, 1918 - January 3, 2014 A consummate gentleman to the end, Ed Seipp died quietly on January 3 in Palo Alto, California. He was 95. Ed was born to Edwin and Ella (Uihlein) Seipp in Chicago, Illinois. He and his sister Pauline were raised in Chicago and spent their summers at the family's country home in Barrington, Illinois. Ed attended the Latin School of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University in 1940 with a degree in chemistry. Ed began his business career at Diversey Corp. in Chicago. During that time, he also flew as a captain with the Civil Air Patrol, his eyesight having disqualified him from service in the Air Force. In 1947 a transfer within the Golden State Company bought him to San Francisco. In 1956, he became president of Speedmaster Engineering Co., a San Leandro firm specializing in state-of-the-art, high-strength die castings, from which he retired in 1980. In 1952, Ed married Pearl Anne Wieboldt in Highland Park, Illinois. Thus began a vibrant married life of over 61 years. Ed and Annie lived in San Francisco until settling in Atherton, California, where they raised their four children. Always proud of his roots, Ed maintained a presence in Chicago through family and business relationships, an office on LaSalle Street, and membership in the University Club of Chicago and the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest. He loved spending time at the Art Institute during his monthly trips to Chicago. A voracious reader with boundless curiosity, Ed was a man of keen intellect, steadfast integrity, and broad interests which he pursued with great energy and generosity. He served on the boards of the Rucker Company and Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. His many civic and philanthropic engagements included service on the boards of Castilleja School, MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois (honorary doctor of laws degree in 1979), Planned Parenthood, the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and the San Francisco Symphony. Ed is survived by his beloved wife Annie; daughter Anita; sons Edwin III (Win), Frederick, and Paul, and their wives, Barbara, Carol, and Julie; six grandchildren, Emily and Thomas Marmaduke, Edwin IV ("Alex") and Melissa Seipp, and Bradford and Stephanie Seipp, all of whom love their Papa. Pre-deceased by his parents and sister, Ed is also survived by Pauline's sons, Peter and Ren Goltra, and their families. Ed's devotion to family lives on in his children. A memorial service in celebration of Ed's life will be held on Friday, January 24, at 2:00 PM at Christ Church, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley, California. Ed took pleasure in giving to many worthy causes, too numerous to mention. For those so inclined, the family would welcome memorial gifts to the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603; the Yosemite Conservancy, 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94104; or a charitable organization of your choice. His life was gentle, and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, 'This was a man!' --William Shakespeare

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2014