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John Seelye

1931 - 2015
John Seelye Obituary

John Seelye, age 84, of Palatka, FL passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Gainesville, FL. He was born in Hartford January 1, 1931 to Douglas and Maida Seelye, and spent his younger years in Glastonbury. John served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant during the Korean conflict. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. and his doctorate from Claremont Graduate School. He was a Professor of English and American Literature for the University of California at Berkeley, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dartmouth College, and the University of Florida in Gainesville. A writer, author, and scholar who wrote on a variety of subjects, John also enjoyed restoring historical homes and buildings. His most recent project was the Veterans' Memorial Hall in Eastport, Maine-a museum dedicated to American Veterans. He was preceded in death by wives, Anna Seelye and Catherine Moore Seelye, and a nephew, Douglas Seelye. John is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Alice Hunt Seelye; stepdaughter, Lisa Miller and husband Allen; brother, Morgan Seelye; nephew, Roy Seelye; nieces, Abigail Napier and her husband Al, and Elizabeth Seelye and their children as well as his companions Andy, Opie, and Pepper. Celebrations of life will be held at later dates in Fla, Hillsborough, and Eastport, Maine. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Paws4Ever, 6311 Nicks Road, Melburne, NC, 27302, Environment Connecticut, 198 Park Road, West Hartford, CT, 06119, PAWS, 368 South Street Calais, ME, 04619 or the . Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL, 32601

Published in The Hartford Courant from Apr. 28 to Apr. 30, 2015
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