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Seymour Katz
July 16, 1926 - December 3, 2009

Olson & Parent Funeral Home, Inc. 
417 Plainfield Street  Providence, Rhode Island
Thomas C. Olson, Director
Louise Parent Olson, Manager

Seymour Katz of Duxbury, MA died peacefully in his sleep at his home after a prolonged battle with cancer on December 3, 2009. He was 83 and had retired from his position as a professor at University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he taught since its beginnings in 1966.

He is survived by Phyllis, his devoted wife of 55 years, two brothers, two sons, and three granddaughters.  He was born in Newark, NJ to Samuel and Sophie (Bloomberg) Katz on July 16, 1926.  He and his wife have lived in Duxbury since 1976, where they moved to from Wayland, MA.

Seymour graduated from Newark High School, Rutgers University and Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in American Studies. He was dedicated to his students and endeavored to find a way for each individual to benefit from their strengths and experiences.  He was instrumental in creating the American Studies Program at University of Massachusetts, Boston. He continued to write until his illness, most recently on Jane Addams and a theory of citizenship and civic responsibility.  He was also an avid gardener and bridge player, and remained interested in local, US, and world politics.

There will be a reception for colleagues, former students, family,
and friends in his honor on February 22nd.  Please RSVP via http://anyvite.com/pe2p63oeci.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Professor Seymour Katz’s honor may be made to the Founder’s Prize in American Studies, c/o Office of Advancement, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125 (with American Studies Founder’s Prize on the memo line).
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