and Campus Mourned Together
of the Moravian College and Lehigh University ROTC wait to pay
their respects to Christopher Seifert in the Old Chapel
on April 4. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral in Central
Moravian Church the next day.
photo: Bill Adams
College’s loss of one of its own in Operation Iraqi
Freedom on March 23 made an impact on the entire nation. Christopher
Scott Seifert ’97, a U.S. Army captain serving with the 101st
Airborne Division in Kuwait, was one of the first American casualties
of the Iraq war. He was 27.
Rokke said, “We’re
a small college and a small community, and this is going to be
felt. . . . We are proud
to count Chris Seifert among Moravian’s alumni, we are
grateful for his service, and we are humbled by his sacrifice.”
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 students, faculty, and staff, and
to Chris’s family.
was married to another Moravian graduate, Theresa L. Flowers ’97,
and left a son, Benjamin, who was 4 months old at the time of
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, Stinson
was glad that he was in the ROTC program,” he added. “This
something that he was doing to get some money for school. He thought that
it would be a good line of work.”
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.”
was a 26-Pointer, one of the team of campus ambassadors who take
prospective students and their parents on tours of the College
answer their questions
and concerns, recalls Bernard Story ’80, vice president for enrollment.
Jack Ramsey, professor of theater, remembers Chris as a lighting technician
for theater productions and a member of the drama club.
he was such an early casualty of the war, the media came to campus
in force to find background
for their features and to cover his funeral in
Moravian Church on April 5. Among them were: Channels 3, 6, 10, and Fox
29 (Philadelphia), Channel 69 and TV-2 (Lehigh Valley), and Channel
Inquirer ran a story; the Morning Call and Express-Times, several. USA
Today quoted Bob Stinson for its story on Chris, and Newsweek
noted him in a list
of early casualties.
Robert Stinson and Bernard Story, others who shared their memories
of Chris with the media included Dennis
Glew and Rosalind Remer of the
Bonnie Salter of the Admissions Office, and Ann Claussen, director of
first of a series of Tuesday prayer services at the Peace Pole was dedicated
to Chris, and a memorial bell tolled for him.