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23 August 2004 @ 06:27 pm
Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and condolences.
Here's the full length obituary that will hopefully be run in the papers. A short version should be in tomorrow and wednesday's papers.

Edit: fixed the date of death, thanks for catching it pancua.

Retired Wellesley High School Science Teacher, Bruce A. Seiger of
Easthampton, MA (formerly of Newburyport, MA), died August 21 at
his home from Lou Gehrig's disease in the presence of his family.

Bruce was born on January 7, 1947, in Coupeville, Washington to
parents Herman and Pearl (Bowers) Seiger. He was a graduate of
Coupeville High School, where he participated in band, tennis,
football, and baseball, winning numerous awards. In 1963 he was
selected by the American Legion to be Boys State Representative. He
was a member of the National Honor Society, and Valedictorian of the
Class of 1965. Mr. Seiger received a scholarship from Harvard
University, where he graduated with a BA in Chemistry in 1969.

During his summers from college, he was employed by Texaco Oil
Refinery and the Whidbey Island Bank. After graduating from Harvard
University, Bruce served 18 months in the Peace Corps as a
toxicologist in Guyana.

Upon returning from Guyana, Mr. Seiger taught at the Darrow School in
New York. He was married in 1971 to the late Ruth M. King. They lived
in Newburyport, MA, where he taught at Newburyport High School and
coached the Girls' Tennis Team for 10 years. He received two Masters
degrees from Salem State College, in Chemistry and in Physics.

In 1983, Mr. Seiger joined the teaching staff at Wellesley High
School, where he taught Physics and Chemistry, and coached the Girls'
Tennis Team. His hands-on courses in design and technology were
particularly popular. In 2001, Bruce received yet another Masters
Degree in Technology from Fitchburg State College, and became an
adjunct professor at the College. He had an avid interest in solar
power and associated technology,

He was very active in the Technology in Education Research Center and
the Concord Consortium. Mr. Seiger was Chairman of the IEEE Robotics
and Automation Society. His students won first place in the Boston
Regional Botball Competition and third in the National Competition.

He is survived by his wife, Norah Burns-Seiger, whom he married in
July 2001. Besides his wife, he leaves his parents, Herman and Pearl
Seiger, his son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Keirsten Seiger of
Westford, MA, his step-sons and their wives, JohnPaul P. and Laura
Burns of Holliston, MA, Paul and Tara Burns, and two step-
grandchildren, Rowan and Patrick Burns of Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Mr. Seiger will be waked at Doherty Funeral Home on Washington Street
in Wellesley, MA, on Friday, August 27 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and
5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mass will be given at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
on Washington Street in Wellesley, MA on Saturday, August 28, at 11:00
a.m. A reception will be held immediately following Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellesley Public
Schools-Bruce A. Seiger Memorial Scholarship Fund, and mailed to
Wellesley Public Schools, c/o Kathy Loring, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481-4827
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Ziggyts52 on August 23rd, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for catching that. Hopefully we can get it fixed before it gets in the papers.
Zyx W. Vut: Emoticon: Very Sadzyxwvut on August 23rd, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss.

::pat pat::


P.S.: See you in a week.5, in/around WorldCon?
Ziggyts52 on August 23rd, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I still haven't figured out what I'm doing for worldcon, but even if I don't get to the con, I'd like to try an catch up with people...
Jasonwandelrust on August 24th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
Wow. Your father sounds like an amazing man.