Robert H. Seavy
Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather
Lived a life of generosity and service
Robert Seavy, 95, of Clark, NJ passed away at home on January 4, 2017.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held on January 28, 2017 at 11:00 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Cranford, NJ.
Born in Warren, Pa. in 1921 to George and Elizabeth Seavy, Bob lived in Clarendon, Pa. He graduated from Warren High School where he played basketball and baseball. Bob continued his education at Penn State University, earning a B.S. in Chemistry in 1942. He was a member of the soccer team and Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity.
Shortly after graduation, Bob moved to Cranford, NJ and began what would prove to be a long career at Stevens Inst. Of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. In 1944 he entered the armed forces and served overseas for two years in the Army Medical Corps, during and after World War II. After returning home in 1946, he returned to his career at Stevens, while also working toward an M.S in Chemistry which he earned in 1948.
Bob began at Stevens as a Chemistry instructor/Asst. Professor, later moving into administration where he held various positions. He was Dean of Admissions for many years, and ultimately Dean of Enrollment Management, retiring in 1986. During this time he served as President of the NJ Assoc. of College Admissions Counselors and in numerous statewide and national leadership positions. Upon retirement, he continued to serve as a consultant at Stevens, as well as other educational institutions.
A resident of Cranford for over 70 years, Bob was deeply involved in many aspects of community life. Among them: Treasurer of the Cranford Adult School, Member-Board of Education (6 yrs), Housing Board member (25 yrs), Cranford River Cleanup. A longtime member of Calvary Lutheran Church, he was involved in numerous charitable endeavors including hospitality for the homeless, Crop Walk, youth leadership and many more.
Along with Marie, his wife of 60 years, Bob travelled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He enjoyed golf, swimming, and following his beloved Pirates, Steelers, and Nittany Lions.
Predeceased by wife Marie, son Thomas, and two brothers. He is survived by his son James of Clark, NJ with wife Judith, son William of Robbinsville, NJ with wife Karen Myers, brother John Seavy of Hopewell, Va., 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Cranford Rescue Squad or Cranford Family Care. Arrangements by Gray Memorial Funeral Home, Cranford. You may go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences.