Richard Alan Seybolt, of Duluth and Boynton Beach, Florida, died unexpectedly on May 19, 2015. Rick was born on October 4, 1942, in Columbus, Ohio, to Alan Upson Seybolt and Dorothea Hoover Seybolt. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where his father worked during the war.
Rick spent his grade school years in Scotia and Schenectady, New York. He attended high school at the Williston Academy in Easthampton, Massachusetts (now known as the Williston Northampton School) where he lettered in soccer, basketball and baseball. He completed his undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He obtained a master’s degree in Spain, and completed his PhD in Spanish at Indiana University.
While at IU, he fell in love with a beautiful Hoosier named Jane Wedding, who was studying for her master’s degree in English. They were married in Frankin, Indiana, on June 8, 1968.
Rick’s career started at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where he was an assistant professor of Spanish. His son Blake was born there in 1971. Rick then joined his brother Steve on the faculty of their alma mater, Williston. After two years and the birth of son Cameron, the family moved to Duluth in 1974. Rick taught Spanish language and literature at UMD for over 34 years. His primary area of expertise was 16th and 17th century literature, but he equally enjoyed teaching freshmen to speak the Spanish
language. He officially retired in 2008 and began spending winters in Boynton Beach, Florida, but he continued teaching classes at UMD periodically during fall semester. The day he died he spent the afternoon reading and taking notes in preparation for future teaching.
Rick was an active member of Glen Avon Presbyterian Church for many years. He also enjoyed his Wednesday “golf therapy group,” and doubles tennis. Rick and Jane were members of long-lasting bridge groups, including one that has met continuously for over 35 years.
He was known for his dry sense of humor, his devotion to family and friends, and his work ethic. According to Rick’s second grade report card, “Ricky’s success is due, not only to his native intelligence, but also to his well-rounded interests and many fine character traits. In any work Ricky can be depended on to do his best.”
Rick is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of over 46 years, Jane Wedding Seybolt; his sons Blake (Raven) Seybolt of St. Louis Park and Cameron (Katie) Seybolt of Minnetonka; grandchildren Jack, Max, Eddie and Lauren; his brother Stephen (Phyllis) Seybolt of Gouldsboro Maine and Boynton Beach, Florida; his sister-in-law Mary Ann Wedding of Franklin, Indiana; and many dear friends from his childhood, working life, and retirement.