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Russell H. Seibert

Feb. 18, 2000

Russell H. Seibert, vice president emeritus for academic affairs, died Feb. 6 in Kalamazoo. He was 91.

Seibert joined WMU in 1936 as a professor of history and served in that capacity for nearly 20 years. In 1955, he was named director of basic studies and then appointed to the position of vice president for academic affairs a year later. He served in that position until his retirement in January 1973.

Following his retirement, Seibert continued to stay active at WMU through his participation in campus events. He wrote the foreword for the 1980 book, "Western - A Twentieth Century University," which provided a 75-year history of the University. In addition he served on committees through the Emerti Council and on the board of the WMU Foundation.

In 1978, WMU's administration building was named in honor of Seibert.

A native of Scotch Ridge, Ohio, Seibert received a bachelor's degree in 1930 from the College of Wooster, a master's degree in 1931 from the University of Chicago and a doctoral degree in 1936 from Ohio State University.

Memorial donations may be made to the WMU Foundation for the Seibert Research and Travel Award in the Lee Honors College, the Bronson Health Foundation Good Neighbor Fund, or the First Presbyterian Music Fund.

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