In Memory: Walter Seward Rutgers College Class of 1917

Posted on September 18, 2008. Filed under: Everyday Me | Tags: , , , , , , |

This post is in memory to a Rutgers Legend, Walter Seward. The Alumni community, University and state of NJ has lost one very great and prestigious member.

Walter Seward would have been 112 years old in just short of a month. What a life!  Mr.Seward was Rutgers University’s oldest living Alumnus for many years.  In this month’s past Alumni Magazine Seward was featured in an article, and as usual the article quoted Seward commenting on his love for strawberry ice cream. Seward is a legend at Rutgers, for his age, and his spirit.  Like many Rutgers Alumni and students, the spirit of Rutgers thrives within, and Seward may have arguably loved Rutgers more than many others. I dont’ know about other alumni but I definitely bleed scarlet, and it runs deep, the sames seems to be true of Seward, class of 1917 who still in 2007 found himself singing the Alma Mater and chanting for the team. Rutgers University is a thriving school and a fond memory for most that pass through the Old Queen’s gates, it was no different for Walter Seward.

Seward graduated in 1917 and only ever missed a handful of homecoming events – I believe 6 – in his lifetime; That is dedication! Not only a fan of Rutgers Football, but Seward even got to play in a single play during a game – he was a fan who made it to the field for a play (That’s better than those of us who ran into the field during exciting wins!). His story is inspirational – here is a man who is considered to be a ‘Supercentarian’ and what does he love? Rutgers and Strawberry ice cream.

It was nice to know that this kind old gentlemen was proud, he was proud to have gotten the education that I was also aiming to achieve. As a student I feel that many people feel that you don’t appreciate people or your surroundings, and maybe I’m different but I had pride in knowing that our oldest Alumni was one of the oldest residents in the State. I represented with this 100+ year old was SO proud of, and I took pride in keeping the school, traditions and memories alive. It is inspirational and makes one smile to imagine that I someday too may live well into my older years and still think fondly back to my memories that have been left on the Banks of the Old Raritan as Walter Seward has done.

While he lived on campus, Seward lived in Winants Hall (which was the first dormitory built for Rutgers University, now the home of Alumni Relations).  This is special to me since I was a Historical Tour Guide at Rutgers, it is a special building and one of the most beautiful. I could never imagine someone having lived there, but smile remembering that Walter Seward did. During the 2006 broadcast of the Rutgers vs. Louisville football game, Seward was filmed, from his home, singing the Alma Mater and if that didn’t make you break into a smile, Alumni or not, then I don’t think you’re happy enough.

I think it is time that we sing the Alma Mater with praise back to Walter Seward, a legend, an inspiration and always a Scarlet Knight.

Articles about his life can be found below:
Rutgers Alumni Remembrance

NJ Star Ledger Article about Walter Seward

The Rutgers Alumni Website Mentions the following about Services:
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, at Kirkpatrick Chapel on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick. A viewing is scheduled for Friday, September 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home on South Orange Avenue in South Orange.










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