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PETER J. SEYBOLT - UNDERHILL CENTER - Peter J. Seybolt, 77, of Underhill Center, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. Born Aug. 15, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of the late Crosby Jordan Seybolt and Jean Bond Seybolt. He was educated at Cincinnati Country Day School (1952); the University of Cincinnati (BA 1956); and Harvard University (PhD 1970 in History and East Asian Languages); and he served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He moved to Underhill in 1969 with his wife, Cynthia Taylor Seybolt, to whom he was married for more than 50 years. From 1969 through 2007, he was a professor of history at the University of Vermont, teaching courses on the histories of China and Japan and U.S. relations with Asia. For many years, he was also the Director of Asian Studies, and administrator of the Chinese and Japanese language programs. Under his initiative, a department of Asian Languages and Literatures was established at the University of Vermont in 2007, the first new department in the College of Arts and Sciences in more than fifty years. He published seven books, including edited and translated volumes, many articles on Chinese history and culture, and for a number of years edited a journal of translations on Chinese education and society. His community service activities included the Underhill Planning Commission, the Development Review Board, and the United Way of Chittenden County Allocations Committee. He was a founding member of the Vermont Mozart Festival Board. Peter loved life and passionately pursued many interests. He and Cynthia traveled extensively in China, Europe and Central America, often with their children and grandchildren. When at home in Vermont, he enjoyed gardening, cooking and wine, music and art, and exploring Vermont on skis and by bike. He is survived by his wife Cynthia; children, Taylor Bond Seybolt, married to Susan W. Seybolt, and Amy Seybolt Tomasi, married to John O. Tomasi; grandchildren Willa, Potter, and Reed Seybolt, and Peter and Lydia Tomasi; sisters, Gail Seybolt Bain and Janice Seybolt Theron; and extended family. Donations in Peter's memory may be made to the University of Vermont, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, the University of Vermont Asian Studies Program, 94 University Place, Old Mill, A506, Burlington, VT 05405, (802) 656-1096; or a charity of your choice. There will be a celebration of his life at the Seybolts' house, Underhill Center, on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.


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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 8, 2012.
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August 22, 2012
Dear Cynthia:

My sincere condolences to you and your family. I am so saddened to hear of Peter's passing. I served with Peter in the Area and International Studies Program at UVM for many years and came to appreciate his warmth as a person and deep knowledge of his field as a scholar.
George Moyser
August 19, 2012
I am shocked and saddened to learn of Peter's death. I considered him a good friend thanks to our long years together at Harvard.
David Arkush
August 18, 2012
Cythia,Taylor and Susan, John and Amy I am saddened by the passing of Peter. I took a Japanese history class at UVM and he hooked me! He was such a dynamic and interesting professor that I ended up taking 3 more Asian studies classes due to him! I just lost my dad in May at age 77 as well and know a part of what you are going through. A great inspiration to us all!!
Grant Allendorf
August 16, 2012
Dear Cynthia,
Susan Weber told me of Peter's passing. It was an honor to know Peter, even for a very brief time in Cuba. You two clearly had a very special bond and I know he will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts.
Jeannine Hanibal
August 14, 2012
Taylor, I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Rhonda Maple
August 13, 2012
David and Suzanne Pilcher send their condolences.We are saddened by your loss.
David and Suzanne Pilcher
August 12, 2012
In 1964, when I came to Harvard from India as a doctoral student, Peter and Cynthia were among the very first to open their home to my wife,Meena, and me. They not only extended their generous hospitality to us but made us a part of their family. After receiving our doctorates Peter and I began our teaching careers in academic institutions located far from each other: in Vermont and Connecticut. However, neither time nor distance weakened our ‘familial” ties. Today, we join Cynthia, Taylor, Amy, and the grandchildren in our bereavement but, we know, that for the rest of our lives, Peter will always be with us.
Ranbir Vohra
August 12, 2012
Dear Cynthia,

Our deepest sympathies to you and all of your family. Having the opportunity to spend time with Peter ( and you) was one of the high points of our trips to Honduras. He was such a postive, warm. intelligent and generous person. Our memories of the amazing Chinese banquets that Peter organized at Mr. Wu's restuarant for the Hands to Honduras volunteers in Tela will always stay with us.

Our thoughts are with you!

Jeanne Greenblatt, Zak and Ari Adams
Jeanne Greenblatt
August 11, 2012
Cynthia and Family,
Dorrice and I are greatly saddened by Peter's passing. We count ourselves blessed to have known him. We are so happy that he passed through our lives and he touched us in many ways. Most particularly we will remember him for his dedicated work at Las Palmas School in Honduras and the indomitable way in which managed his projects. Our dinners out on the Esplanade in Tela and with Mr. Wu will ever be in our memories and we shall miss Peter terribly. God Bless him and give him peace and rest.
John Hammer
August 10, 2012
Dear Seybolt Family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Peter. I wanted to let you know that Peter is one of my favorite professors at UVM and his classes were a highlight of my education. I have deep respect for his knowledge and how much he taught me. He will be fondly remembered by many.

Jane Hanley Calo
Jane Calo
August 9, 2012
For 50 years,from graduate school at Harvard to last Monday, through thick and thin and unforgettable times together, Peter was my friend. Ours was the kind of friendship that neither time nor distance could diminish. Wherever we were in the world we knew that when we caught up with one another once more it would be as if no yesterdays had intervened. And yet, wherever we were, we tried not to let a year go by without a reunion. Peter's spirit and energy ever buoying the rest of us, those times together, among family and friends, were unabashedly festive, our children perhaps remembering them a little more lucidly than their parents.

If Peter is now spared the circumscription of his life that his body required of him, he may consider it a blessing. For those of us now contemplating a vastly emptier world, it is hard not to be inconsolable.

Meera, who is in Los Angeles, but grieving just as much, sends her love along with me to Cynthia and all the family.

Eric and Meera
Eric Widmer
August 9, 2012
Dear Cynthia, Taylor and Amy,
I am so sorry at the loss of Peter, a man who always had kind words and a generous spirit to share with all who were fortunate enough to have known him. I count myself lucky to be one of those. He will be missed by many. You and your families are in my thoughts at this sad time.
Love, Leslie
August 9, 2012
Cynthia and family,
I'm so sorry. Although Peter, and we, saw his time drawing to a close with his heart condition, that doesn't make losing him any easier. Peter was a generous and delightful man who lived life to the full, with his feet planted firmly on the ground (and often in the ground of his garden!). He enriched everyone's life around him, and his passing will leave a gaping hole. My prayers are with you. Hope to see you Saturday. Love, Tim
Tim Sargent
August 9, 2012
Very sorry to hear about your loss.He was a nice man.
james weber
August 9, 2012
Peter gave so much to UVM during his many decades of dedicated service to the university and our students. Asian Studies exists at UVM because of Peter Seybolt. He will always be admired and remembered here.
Erik Esselstrom
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia,
I was saddened to hear this news. Peter was a great friend and colleague and a huge help to me in life. I respected and loved him. I will certainly miss him and am so glad we had a chance to catch up on my last visit. His memory will stay with us and we will think of you. We hope that peace of mind and joy in the memory of what you shared soon overwhelms the grief and loss you must feel now.
Chad & Joyce
Chad Hansen
August 8, 2012
Peter was a special person, we enjoyed our time with him in Honduras very much. We have fond memories of him in Tela
ordering Chinese food and feeding stray cats his leftovers. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cynthia.
Tracey Maurer
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia, Taylor and Amy,
As my family is struggling with our father's illness, my heart goes out to you and yours. Cynthia, you and Peter have both been an inspirational presence in my life, and the friendship you and my mother have shared has yielded bounty more than you know. Peter will be missed on this earth; his spirit will be felt for years to come.
With love, Susan Pilcher, Dylan and Meghan
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia and family, You are all in our thoughts and hearts at this time of Peter's passing. Getting to know you both has been one of the very special things about going to Honduras.Peter was a wonderful and warm man. We will miss him. Love Rachel,Sarah and Sam
Rachel Guy
August 8, 2012
Cynthia. We are truly sorry to read about Peter's passing. You are both so special to our us. We always looked forward to seeing and working with you two in Honduras. I am sorry I can't come to on Saturday , but you and your family will be in my thoughts and in my our hearts. Mary, Emily, Sean and Christopher
Mary Wood
August 8, 2012
Amigos todos: Linda me entristece mucho lo que a pasado mis oraciones para que nuestro querido amigo Peter tenga en estos momentos mucha paz y que el Divino creador lo reciba en su diestra y que mantengan ese espíritu que nos comparte, mil Bendiciones a su querida familia!!.
Sherwood Bonilla
Hotel Sherwood
Honduras C. A
Sherwood Bonilla
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia, Taylor, Amy and family
Peter certainly left his foot print on this earth, leaving behind compassion, humor, respect and love with all those fortunite enough to have known him. My deepest sympathy.
Phyllis Weber
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia, Amy and Taylor
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I have such fond memories of our families doing things together as I grew up. I'm so happy I was able to see him so much lately since I've moved back to Jericho. My thoughts are with you all.
love,
Jen Bergersen Porrier
Jennifer Bergersen Porrier
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia and all the family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. I always so enjoyed time spent with you and Peter; he was a very welcoming man and always interesting to talk and spend time with. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Bobbie Sargent
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia, I am so sorry to hear of Peter passing. His history and stories of China were amazing. Our memories of Peter and Mr Woo in Honduras are forever special. We will all miss him. My sincere sympathy to you.
Julie Spaniel
August 8, 2012
Cynthia,
Peter was a dear friend to all of the Hands to Honduras-Tela volunteers and to the many Hondurans with whom he worked. He always was ready to help and guide on any project and went above and beyond to assure that all aspects were completed to perfection.
As a personal friend, we have great respect for his many accomplishments, his sincere interest in others, and his global insights and fair perspective. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with you Cynthia and your family. We will miss Peter deeply.
Linda and Al Gilbert
Linda Gilbert
August 8, 2012
Cynthia, Taylor and Amy:
Peter was one of my favorite instructors while at UVM and a good friend in the following years. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Bryan Lorber
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia,
Peter was one of the kindest souls that I have ever known. His gentle presence, warm humor and intelligent insight will be missed. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and to all those who loved him.
Pam Stewart
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia,You and Peter were among my favorite patients. I always allowed a litle longer time for his appointments because he was so interesting to talk to with. Our deepest sympathies. Floyd and Vonetta Lapidow
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia: I was so sad to hear of Peter's passing. I have such great memories of him and you in Honduras. His smile lit up a room. I especially remember the Chinese dinners. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Fondly
Colleen
Colleen Haag
August 8, 2012
Cynthia,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You and Peter were always good neighbors during my families time in Underhill
John Dowling
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia, I am so shocked to hear about Peter's passing! He was a wonderful colleague, mentor, and friend to me and to so many people. Here in Shanghai, outside the wind is wailing with Typhoon Haikui as though the weather here has heard as well. I send my deepest condolences on your loss to you and your family.
Jeanne Shea
August 8, 2012
Dear Cynthia, Amy, Taylor, and family

I am so saddened for your loss. Peter was an an amazing man with such a kind, compassionate way about him. I have many, many wonderful memories of his dinners (complete with wine) and hospitality ski season and throughout the year. I hope your memories of great times with him bring you some small measure of comfort. We are all thinking of you.
Craig Gordon
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