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Bradbury Seasholes

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Dr. Bradbury Seasholes, professor of political science, father of four, and husband for 54 years, died of cancer in his Newton Center home on June 29th. He was 77. Brad was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and was educated at Oakwood High School, Amherst College, Oberlin College, and the University of North Carolina | where he received his PhD. Professor Seasholes' teaching career began at MIT, and continued at Tufts University where he spent over 30 years before retiring in 1996. Seasholes began as Director of Political Studies at Tufts Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs (now the Tisch Center), and later joined the Political Science Department. His specialties were city politics, elections, quantitative research methods, racial politics and political socialization (how children and young adults take on political attitudes and loyalties). Seasholes particularly enjoyed devising out-of-classroom experiences for his students, including those focused on Boston's struggles with racial integration, and up-close contact with presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire. Brad and his wife Fran raised four children, especially enjoying several cross-country camping trips and a sabbatical spent in Hawaii. His humor and varied interests | including carpentry, bicycling, music, gardening, travel and current affairs | provided many shared experiences and cherished family memories. In recent decades, Brad and Fran traveled extensively and their foreign trips often involved homestays through the organization US Servas. They have also hosted over 200 foreign students in their home. Brad had a keen interest in classical music and was a tenor in a variety of choral groups: The Newton Choral Society, the Newton Community Chorus and the choirs of four churches - The Community Church (Chapel Hill, NC), Arlington Street Church (Boston), The Second Church in Newton and St Pauls Episcopal Church (Natick). Brad Seasholes is survived by his wife Fran, children Laura and her son Andrew Barton in Seattle, Cathy and her partner April Calvert in Mequon, WI, Ted and his wife Bereniz in Framingham, and Ken and his wife Andrea Chiasson and their daughter Hope in Tucson, AZ. Brads sisters Anne Sharyon and Molly Lhamon live in CA and WA. Brad is the cousin of former Newton principal, Van Seasholes. A memorial service was held on Monday, 7/11 at The Second Church in Newton, UCC (60 Highland St, West Newton) | Music at 7pm, Service at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to US Servas, 1125 16th Street, Arcata, CA 95521-5585 or The Newton Community Chorus, c/o 1457 Center Street, Newton Center, MA 02459.

Published in The Newton Tab from July 7 to July 14, 2011