Christopher Scott Seifert ’97, a U.S.
Army captain serving in the 101st Airborne Division in
Kuwait, was one of the first American casualties of the
Iraq war. He was 27.
President Rokke said: “We’re
a small college and a small community, and this is going
to be felt. . . . We are proud to count Chris
among Moravian’s alumni, we are grateful for his service, and we are
humbled by his sacrifice.”
This tribute was inscribed on a card, designed
by Anne Dutlinger, assistant professor of art and chair of the Art Department,
that was signed by Moravian
faculty, and staff, and sent to Chris’s family.
He was married to another
Moravian graduate, Theresa L. (Terri) Flowers ’97,
and leaves a 4-month-old son, Benjamin.
Chris was an active member of the Moravian College family. He majored in
history, and his advisor, Professor Robert Stinson, remembers him as quiet
a student who “always had a smile on his face.”
As a member
of ROTC, he often wore his combat boots and Army fatigues to class, Bob
said. “He was glad that he was in the ROTC program,” he added. “This
wasn’t something that he was doing to get some money for school.
He thought that it would be a good line of work.”
While at the College,
Chris was a founding member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, whose current
brothers wrote in an all-campus e-mail: “Although the actions
of the war are thousands of miles from Bethlehem, the effects of this
tragedy are felt by all. . . . Let us think about those
serving our country, and the families of those abroad.”
Chris was a 26-Pointer, one of the team of campus ambassadors who take
prospective students and their parents on tours of the College and
answer their questions
and concerns, recalls Bernard Story ’80, vice president for enrollment.
Jack Ramsey, Bertha F. Cohen ’37 and Bernard L. Cohen Professor
of English Language and Literature, remembers Chris as a lighting technician
productions and a member of the drama club.
Chris gave his community
service time to Big Brothers of the Lehigh Valley. His family has
requested that memorial contributions be made
His wife, Terri, also was an engaged member
of the College community, as president of United Student
and a member of the former
Epsilon Pi sorority
(which became Zeta Tau Alpha while she was a student), yearbook
staff, governing board of the Haupert Union Building, and
senior class gift
also was a resident advisor.
Because he was such an early casualty
of the war, the media came to campus in force to find
background for their features. Among
10, and Fox 29 (Philadelphia), Channel 69 and TV-2 (Lehigh Valley),
and Channel 27 (Harrisburg). The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a
story; the Morning
Call and Express-Times, several. USA
Today quoted Bob Stinson for
its story on Chris,
and Newsweek mentioned him in a list of early casualties.
Bob and Bernie, others who shared their memories of Chris
with the media included Dennis Glew and Ros Remer of the history
Admissions Office, and Ann Claussen, director of the HUB.
first of the Tuesday prayer services at the Peace Pole
(see below) was dedicated to Chris and a memorial bell
George Diamond, professor
and chair of the English Department, gave a memorial
tribute to the late Eric Rhodin, professor
English, at the
celebration of his life March 22 at Lafayette College.
Jim Tyler, adjunct professor of classics, announces a
memorial service for his mother, Dorothy Tyler, professor
of French and German,
13 (Palm Sunday), St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,
1900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Allentown. Directions: 610
865-3603. Information: 610 866-8391.
For the duration of combat in Iraq, the College
will hold a brief moment of prayer at noon every Tuesday
of Reeves Library.
April Fool's Day Issue of InCommon:
to Cross the Street:
A map of campus for these times of toil, trouble,
and street repair.
of the Hour:
Mike Seidl thinks he can get away with not telling
people how old he is. Ha.
New faculty coming in, others going out.
Seifert '97 is early casualty of Iraq conflict.
film about the civil war in the Democratic
Republic of Congo.