Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Seitz Mystery Solved

Action from the 1953 Harvard-Columbia game at Baker Field. Columbia won, 8-0

Program from the 1953 game

Almost four months ago, I reported on the death of 3-time CU football letterman George Seitz '56.

At that time, I was unable to say much about his career.

But thanks to a long-time friend of Sietz who saw this Web Site, I now have some details.

Michael Bamberger writes:

"I noticed your note about George Seitz, the Columbia football player. Geroge died on December 31, 2008, at age 74. He was a truly kind soul, but it's easy to imagine his joy at beating Harvard! His football experiences, at Cardinal Hayes High School and for Lou Little's teams at Columbia, were central parts of his life. He was an all-Ivy two-way end, tall and slim and fast. He also rowed crew. After Columbia, he received an MBA at NYU and had a long career as an engineer with a special interest in plant constructions, most notably for Avery Label. He lived most of his adult life in Hacienda Heights, near Los Angeles, and is survived by two sisters and a brother, his wife, Rosanne, four children and five grandchildren. He drank tea from a Columbia mug and always knew when Columbia won. As I went to Penn, we would sometimes talk about George Munger and Franklin Field. He loved watching the college and pro game on TV, but never encouraged his two sons to play. The game cost him too many teeth, but provided him with many good memories. Thank you for your interest in George--he was a mensch"

We wish George's friends and family all the best.


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