Sadly, Honorary Lifetime member of the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Ted Seagull passed away in November. A graveside service was held on November 18 at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin, NJ, followed by a memorial gathering at Ethical Culture Society of Essex County. Cards can be sent to Sara Seagull, c/o Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect St. Maplewood, NJ 07040. Ted will be missed.
Husband, father, scholar, teacher, Ethical Culture leader and activist, Steve died in Burlington, Vermont on November 7. Born to Ara and Deil Boyan in Tenafly, N.J. on April 18, 1938, Steve graduated from Rutherford High School in 1955, received an A.B. from Brown University in 1959, and earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1966. After teaching at Pennsylvania State University for four years, in 1971, Steve joined the faculty of the University of Maryland (Baltimore County), where he taught Constitutional Law and Environmental Ethics to a generation of students. He was also a Leader in the Ethical Culture Movement for over 20 years, organizing the Earth Ethics project and a whistle-blower support project at the Washington Ethical Society. He is editor of the six-volume work, Constitutional Aspects of Watergate, and co-author of a book entitled Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity Revisited.
A proud liberal, Steve attended King's "I Have a Dream" rally and the first Earth Day in 1970. He sat on the Maryland and national boards of the American Civil Liberties Union; was active in Legicuum, a Unitarian-sponsored clean-government group in Maryland; and participated in numerous political campaigns for Democrats at every level of government. In his fifties, citing both health and environmental concerns, Steve became a committed vegetarian, and lectured widely about the link between factory-farmed meat and global warming.He retired in 2002 and moved to Burlington. Steve is survived by Kitty his wife of 45 years, his loving son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Amy, and his granddaughters Ella and Carmen, of Providence, RI. A memorial service for Steve was held on November 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington. In honor of Steve's memory, donations may be made to the Sierra Club Foundation, http://www.sierraclub.org/foundation/.