College Mourns Passing of Virginia "Ginny" Seymour
Published: 10-26-2010 3:35 pm
Virginia (Ginny) Ruth Melahn Seymour, of Wayne, died Oct. 7, 2010, at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, Iowa. She was 84 years old. A memorial service was held Oct. 23, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Wayne.
Ginny Seymour was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Hibbing, Minn., to Rev. Walter and Elsie Melahn. She and her beloved husband, Dr. Lyle E. Seymour, were married Oct. 12, 1945, and chose to make Wayne their home.
Mrs. Seymour's connection to Wayne State was strong during her husband's long association with the college. Much of Dr. Seymour's life was intertwined with Wayne State. He graduated from Wayne High School and after attending Wayne State College for two years, earned a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State College (now Iowa State University). He served as a bomber pilot in England with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned to WSC in 1950 and received a bachelor of science in education degree with honors in 1951. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota, earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry.
Dr. Seymour joined the Wayne State faculty as a chemistry instructor in 1953; he was subsequently appointed chairman of the division of mathematics and science, and dean of faculties. He was interim president from March 1973 to April 1974, and president from 1974 to 1982.
Mrs. Seymour was a longtime trustee, Heritage Society and Cornerstone Society member, and a lifetime member of the President's Society of the Wayne State Foundation.
"Ginny Seymour was a wonderful individual," said Curt Frye, interim president of Wayne State College. "She was the quintessential first lady of the college and was active in the campus community as well as the greater Wayne area. The college will miss her."
Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elaine; her husband, Lyle; and a daughter, Linda.
She is survived by her brother, Harold (Chris) Melahn; sisters Marie Lorch and Elsie Blesi; children Pam (Galen) Johnson, and Ron (Mary) Seymour; grandchildren Erik (Lindsey) Johnson, Amy (Terry) Hamer, Karl (Ashley) Johnson, Kristin Seymour, Mark Seymour, and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the Wayne State College Foundation.