Feb. 15, 1907 - Jan. 4, 2013
Dr. Seymour Clinton Marcuse Jr., died of old age at home on Friday morning Jan. 4. He was surrounded by family members. Seymour went away "quickly and quietly" as he would have put it. The world lost a unique man. He kept his sense of humor even up till his last days and continued to exude an optimistic look on life.
Seymour was born at home in San Francisco to Rose Mann and Seymour Sr. Rose lived to be almost 101 years old and Seymour always planned to outlive her. Seymour attended Lick Wilmerding where he played on the basketball team. After graduating from high school he began attending Cal. He took the ferry to Berkeley after working at his father's fresh frog and turtle store in the mornings. He was the coxswain on the rowing crew. He'd gone to Cal to study Civil Engineering but decided to look into another career option because he didn't like carrying the equipment up the hill. He graduated from USC School of Optometry in 1928 where he obtained his Masters and PhD. Once he moved back to San Francisco he attended USF to obtain his Bachelors of Science. In 1931 he moved to Vallejo where he took over an existing optometry practice located on Georgia St.
Seymour was the unofficial "mayor" of Georgia Street when there was still a Georgia St. Dr. Marcuse would tell his jokes to any ears that fell into his joke zone. His optometry practice moved five times up and down Georgia St over a period of 50 years until he retired from private practice and began working at Kaiser Permanente, where he continued working well into his Eighties. He also belonged to several service clubs and was a proud 75 year member of the Masonic Temple. Seymour became the honorary president of Hadassah, the women's club of B'nai Israel to fill his deceased wife's post after her passing.
After moving to Vallejo, Seymour met and married Freda Bercu, the daughter of local grocer Chaim Bercu. They had two sons, Sy Marcuse who passed away in 2011 and Stephen Marcuse who along with his wife Pearl helped to take care of Seymour for the past 15 years. Seymour was preceded in death by wife Freda; son Sy; granddaughter, Leslie, and daughter in laws, Janice Marcuse and Pearl Marcuse.
Seymour is survived by son, Stephen; grandchildren, Alan, Jason, David, and Kit, as well as great grandchildren, Cameron, Charlotte and Margaret.
A commemoration of his life will be held on Feb. 16, at the Vallejo Naval Museum, 734 Marin St., from 1 to 4 p.m. Please join us for this celebration of his incredible life.